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May 7, 2015 Updates

Grant Paulsen then wondered if Leonsis would text or call Wall to find out how the injury was healing. “No, I would never do that,” Leonsis said. “I think that would be inappropriate. He’s probably got enough pressure on himself. And to be straightforward, we’ve got to do what’s in the best interest of the player in this case, so you don’t want to do anything that would jeopardize his health in any way. And he’s such a competitive player, he’ll want to play. And it’ll be up to him and people around him and us to make sure that he doesn’t do anything that would hurt himself, because he’s going to have a really, really long career here.” Washington Post

April 27, 2015 Updates

In a post that spans three entirely different topics in just six paragraphs, Theodore takes aim at WJFK-FM personality Chad Dukes, adding armchair radio program director to his already impressive resume as a sports franchise owner. It seems this has been bothering him all weekend. “On Friday, in drive time rush hour radio, from 500 pm to 600 pm, on 107.6 FM, the conversation wasn’t about the Wizards upcoming game, it was about bacon and potato casserole recipes, and favorite Seinfeld episodes. Is there any other market in America that sports talk radio converses about Seinfeld in drive time on the night of an NBA playoff game? Or the night before a big away Caps playoff game? Perhaps this is why Wizards and Caps fans don’t tune in? These kids today.” — Ted Leonsis, via http://tedstake.monumentalnetwork.com Washington Post

April 24, 2015 Updates

Leonsis was asked: Would you be in favor of legalizing sports betting? His response: “First of all, I respect our commissioner. I love Adam Silver I think he’s doing a great job. And I think he is spot on. I think we’re living in this real-time technical trading world, and that there’s so much betting that goes on, I think this first iteration that we’re seeing with the Draft Kings kind of phenomenon, and this daily interactive gaming. But, it makes sense. You’re going to have wallets on your phone, people now are going to start to make wagers on, in a real time way, ‘I think he’s going to make a pass, instead of take the shot,’ and you’ll be able to instantly move money back and forth, so it’s better to get in front of it. and the consumer is going to do what the consumer is going to do. We have to make sure that it’s managed in the right way. But I do think it was smart to get in front of it, and not bury your head in the sand and say it’s not going to happen.” Washington Post

March 4, 2015 Updates

A Monumental Sports spokesman apologized for the photos when reached by SB Nation: "Throughout Black History Month we ran an "Inspire" campaign. We asked a variety of Wizards, Capitals and Mystics players and staff to share who inspired them. We asked them for a favorite quotation and then created a composite image that was half the player/staff member and half the person they admired. We released one composite image a day throughout February in an attempt to honor those whom our staff had identified as heroes. We intended this as a way to celebrate Black History Month and focus on the many important contributions by African-Americans to American history and culture. On a personal level, it was a way to share thoughts on African-American historical figures whom we admire. We may have missed the mark, and we apologize to those who were offended by the way this was presented." SB Nation

January 6, 2015 Updates

We have lost three games in a row, one blow out and two games that were quite winnable, on the road. We need to get back to hitting the boards, playing suffocating team defense and to running the floor. We can't allow teams to score more than 100 points on us. We are settling for too many jump shots by our big men, and at games end, we aren't running an offense and getting to the charity stripe enough. The spacing on the floor hasn't been good at games end of late either. Ted's Take

November 18, 2014 Updates

Ted Leonsis: It is true that we would like to build a practice facility that is world class for the Washington Wizards. I was on record saying that in 2013. While this concept may be new to Washington, many NBA teams have done just that of late. I believe as many as 18 teams have – or will have in the near future – a standalone practice facility. At Verizon Center we currently have only one practice court, no space for seating (we can’t adequately open it up to public) and a shared weight room, and the court was marginal at best when it was constructed 17 years ago. We need a fully developed training and conditioning space that meets the needs to today’s athletes. We have done something similar in Arlington, where Kettler Capitals Iceplex opened in 2006 and serves as a first-rate training facility for the Capitals and popular resource for the Ballston community. It is analogous to what we would like to do for the Wizards and the community where the training facility eventually will be located. Ted's Take

Ted Leonsis: Just like the process for the Capitals, we are prepared to investigate potential locations in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. We are keeping our options open, considering the facility as a practice location for the WNBA’s Mystics and possibly the home to a NBA Development League team. At this point I believe all of our Capitals players live in Virginia – we’ve even had players and coaches live close enough to walk to the training facility – and they along with our staff enjoy the Arlington area. They eat, shop, ride Metro and take advantage of all the great opportunities in the vicinity of Kettler. And the local area has seen tremendous growth in recent years. The Ballston Common Mall, where Kettler Capitals Iceplex is located, is undergoing a redevelopment with plans for a residential tower, street-facing retail shops and restaurants and a pedestrian plaza. Ted's Take

October 6, 2014 Updates
July 2, 2014 Updates

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis has previously said the Wizards were not making money; he told Washington Business Journal in November that annual losses were well into the seven figures. Tuesday, ESPN 980's Scott Jackson asked Leonsis about the Grantland report. “You know, I was really disappointed that a league document that just went to all of the owners somehow got into the hands of the media, but sometimes that’s to be expected,” Leonsis said. “And I’ve been pretty straightforward that the team was not profitable and was losing money, and that basically we knew that going in and we would continue to invest. And I believe, just like the Caps, if the team can perennially make the playoffs and we’ll get to a sellout situation, and our ratings will increase and then we’ll be able to get a better TV deal, the financial side of things will take care of itself. Washington Post

“But short term there are losses, yeah,” Leonsis said “The situation is real. Those are audited numbers. That’s what the league sends to all of the owners now in how the league is doing. It’s something we have to work on. But I’m more focused on making the team better and making those investments than I am on ‘Are we making money or losing money.’ ” Washington Post

June 4, 2014 Updates

“And I really didn’t say what they thought I was saying,” he went on. “You know, the game was on ESPN. I was saying ‘Bill Simmons,’ that’s what I was saying. I saw him sitting right across from me. In basketball, especially the playoffs, there’s nothing more exciting than playoff basketball, playoff hockey. And so emotions fly high, and you maybe say some things that you don’t mean, but it’s all a matter of the intensity and how hard and how much you want to win for your fans.” Washington Post

June 3, 2014 Updates

"Randy's leadership and preparation allowed him to implement and build an unselfish team mentality over the last several seasons where defense comes first and every player is held accountable," said Wizards majority owner Ted Leonsis. "The result is a Washington Wizards team that proudly represents our fans and our city both on and off the court and has us looking eagerly toward what we can accomplish moving forward." NBA.com

May 27, 2014 Updates
May 5, 2014 Updates

Ted Leonsis joined Scott Jackson and Brian Mitchell on ESPN 980′s “Inside the Locker Room” Monday afternoon and was asked about the the potential scheduling conflict between Game 6 (if necessary) on May 15 and the Lady Gaga concert scheduled at Verizon Center the same night. “I’m wearing my meat suit,” Leonsis joked, referencing the outfit Lady Gaga wore to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. “I’m going to wear my meat suit in homage to Lady Gaga just as I did when I wore the Nene jersey. Free Lady Gaga.” Washington Post

April 27, 2014 Updates

Ted Leonsis: As I have stated, there should be zero tolerance for hatemongering. Hate speech demonstrates an ignorance that is unacceptable, and I implore all of us to help eliminate any form of discrimination. I have full confidence that Commissioner Silver will conduct a thorough investigation and act accordingly upon his findings. Ted's Take

March 13, 2014 Updates
March 6, 2014 Updates

Coach Randy Wittman appears to be on the verge of guiding the Washington Wizards to the playoffs. And if the Wizards get there for the first time in six seasons, Wittman undoubtedly will receive praise. He’d rather receive a new contract. Wittman’s current one expires after the season. Although qualifying for the postseason would be a significant accomplishment for the franchise — especially considering the Wizards’ recent history — owner Ted Leonsis expects the Wizards to be a playoff team. Leonsis has set the bar high, and Wittman realizes he must clear it. Washington Post

January 22, 2014 Updates

Ted Leonsis has talked quite a bit about why his organization created the all-digital Monumental Network, and what that will mean for the Wizards’ and Capitals’ TV rights in the future. But that remains among the most important local sports business stories going, and every time he talks he adds a few details. Thus, here is Leonsis talking about the issue during a recent appearance at the University of Maryland’s Phillip Merrill College of Journalism and the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism. For his thoughts on dealing with official media partners, see here. Washington Post

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