Posts Tagged ‘Ted Leonsis’

January 4th, 2010

And Now You Know Why

If you ever wonder why Washington Capitals fans seem to have a collective chip on their shoulder concerning how the franchise and its players are treated by the rest of the hockey world, you might want to read this passage from Ted Leonsis that appeared this morning on his blog:

Then while the league was gearing up for the wonderful Winter Classic, we went out on a crazy two game West Coast swing over New Year’s break. We were as far away from Boston as possible, weren’t we? And Mike Green was left off the Canadian Olympic team which I think was the wrong decision by their team management. I believe Mike Green is a unique and spectacular talent and one of the top D men in the NHL. We have Mike’s back. We believe in him. I know this snub will motivate Mike for the rest of the season. We as a franchise sometimes don’t get the respect we have earned yet but the only way to right that wrong I believe is to win a Stanley Cup. We get the joke. We have collective chip on our shoulder. And I guess I will be rooting harder now for the USA team and for the Russian team to light up the Canadian team at this year’s Olympic Games.

He’s not the only one annoyed by the snubbing of Mike Green.  On one level, I can understand that of all the hockey-playing nations in the world, only Canada could afford to leave a player as talented as Green off of their Olympic roster.  Then again, it was hard not to notice over the weekend that when Don Cherry talked about the team on Saturday night, he went out of his way to point out that if any Canadian defenseman was injured between now and the start of the Games, that Jay Bouwmeester, and not Green, would be more likely to get a callup.

October 29th, 2009

More on the Caps, Redskins and How to Handle the Media

Over at D.C. Sports Bog yesterday, Dan Steinberg picked up on the same vibe I did earlier this week when I read some common sense advice Ted Leonsis dispensed on dealing with the media.  Give it a read.  Primary assist to J.P.

October 27th, 2009

Are They Listening at Redskins Park?

From Monday morning’s Washington Post piece on the popularity — or lack thereof currently — of the Washington Redskins among the locals:

David Donovan, the Redskins’ chief operating officer, disputed Powell’s analysis, saying that team records show a 12 percent dip in merchandise sales, which he said was understandable in a down economy.

Donovan also said that the team hasn’t detected a significant decline in fan loyalty and that the team’s attendance figures are accurately gathered by bar-code scanners at the turnstiles.

"I think the relentless negative coverage in The Washington Post is a real difference from previous years," Donovan said. "But in terms of the way our actual fans are behaving, we don’t see any difference."

Just a few hours later, Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis dispatched the following advice to the Obama Administration concerning their dispute with Fox News.  But as I read it, I couldn’t help but wonder if the Redskins weren’t the actual target of his advice:

Can you ever take on the media and blame them for your troubles?

I don’t think so.

Just look. Fox News ratings are way up. The President’s approval ratings are way down. Is it any wonder then that Fox News is hyping their disagreements with the White House? ”Oh woe is me. Watch what we do that has the White House so afraid of us.”

By talking about the media or a specific outlet, it only increases their value. And it diminishes you.

Sports teams that blame the media for their troubles are no different.

So what’s the ultimate solution? According to Leonsis, "[J]ust win. The rest will take care of itself."

August 27th, 2009

Leonsis Boosts DC United

Over the past few weeks, DC United has been running short videos from Washington-area sports figures urging folks to come out to RFK for the US Open Cup Final against the Seattle Sounders on September 2.  The latest personality to appear: Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis:

I have to admit I’m taken by this campaign, and how many of the local teams are actively working to establish a sense of community between their fan bases.  Of course, not only does it feel good, but as we’ve seen from more than a few appearances by Barra Brava at the Verizon Center, it helps to sell tickets too.

Fellowship aside, we need to realize that United has more on the line than just a championship. Out in Seattle, the MLS ownership group lobbied to host the Open Cup Final at Qwest Field, home ground of the Sounders.  Safe to say, with the way the franchise has been drawing in its inaugural season, I have to admit they made a great case.

After they lost out to DCU, some Sounders fans complained long and hard, and if the crowd at RFK next week is disappointing, US Soccer and DC United are going to have some explaining to do.

And speaking of tickets

UPDATE: The folks at are spreading FUD about the whole process.