3. Montreal Impact
Average 2013 attendance:
Baseball teams it outdraws:
Miami Marlins (17,168), Tampa Bay Rays (17,718), Houston Astros (18,271), Cleveland Indians (18,995)
This team came into the league just last year and it's already beating MLB in the one place that counts.
Just take a look at that Miami Marlins attendance number. That's the team run by Jeffrey Loria, who ran baseball's Montreal Expos into the ground, sold the team to the league, hustled the desiccated corpse of its front office down to Florida when he took ownership of the Florida Marlins and left the Expos name and floundering team to wither. Eventually, in 2005, the team was moved to Washington, D.C., and became the Washington Nationals.
That said, it's been a while since Montreal's had a hankering for summertime pro sports. That its MLS squad is not only succeeding, but outdrawing Loria's Miami franchise, is already a big win for Montreal. For Miami, not so much. Sure, the town got a World Series out of the deal in 2003, but the fire sale that followed, the threats that led to a taxpayer-funded stadium and the subsequent repeat fire sale that followed the team's first playoff-free season in that new stadium just left that town with Montreal's mess.