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Austin Karp is assistant managing editor for SportsBusiness Daily/Journal.

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AHL Regular-Season Attendance Down 5%; Two New Markets Down Sharply

04 / 23 / 14

AHL teams, playing at what is considered the Triple-A level of North American hockey, averaged 5,402 fans per game during the ’13-14 regular season, down 5% from last season. The Hershey Bears led all teams for the eighth straight season with 9,664 fans per game, but that average was down 4%....

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12/10/12
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12/06/12
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12/05/12
Jimmie Johnson Tops NASCAR Driver Exposure

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