MLB attendance down 1 percent

NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball's average attendance dropped for the third straight season, with a slight dip of nearly a half percent this year.

The 30 teams combined to draw 73.06 million fans in 2010, an average of 30,141, after Sunday's regular season finales.

Last year, in the midst of a global economic downturn, the teams drew 73.42 million, an average of 30,350. That average was a 6.7 percent drop from 2008's 32,528, when the total was 78.59 million.

Major League Baseball set records in 2007, with a total of 79.5 million and an average of 32,785.