by Micah Hart
There’s a new sheriff in town in Washington. No, I’m not talking about John Wall, I’m talking about new Wizards owner Ted Leonsis. The team’s new head honcho, who also owns the NHL’s Washington Capitals, has definitive plans to turn the Wizards into a hot property, much like he did with the Caps (with a big assist from Alexander Ovechkin).
How definitive? He’s glad you asked. On his blog, Leonsis lists 101 changes he’s making to improve the franchise, even giving a status check on the progress for every single item on the list. It’s worth reading on your own, but a few highlights that I enjoyed:
2. Re-connect with Gilbert Arenas
Comment: Impressive that he’d put this at #2 on the list, but I imagine for any Wizards fan out there this is pretty close to the biggest issue facing the team. Warmer hot dog buns are nice, but the team is still the most important thing to fans. Leonsis knows this, and I give him credit for acknowledging it here.
12. A new public address announcer
Comment: Sorry, old public address announcer – time to update that resume.
27. More local celebrities at games
Comment: I know how much fun this task can be from my time working with the Hawks. DC has it’s share of celebs, but most are politicians no? “Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s the chairman of the Appropriations committee, Daniel Inouye!” GET FIRED UP!
31. Change Wizards’ name to Bullets
Comment: No idea if that will happen, but there are certainly rumors of a name change one way or another.
37. Fresher popcorn
Comment: In the progress area, it says “Asked Aramark to make sure the popcorn is fresher.” Good, glad that’s taken care of.
79. Food and beverage directory to be available online
Comment: You know what? That’s just a terrific idea. I don’t know offhand how many teams provide this, but I for one have walked many a lap around an arena looking for Coke Icees.
Well done, Ted. 101 down, and more to come it sounds like. What do you think – has he missed anything?