Summer of Ted concludes with new naming rights for Caps, Wizards facilities

Chris Russell
July 30, 2018 - 6:24 pm
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It's been the summer Ted Leonsis has dreamed about for a long time.

One of his two major pro sports franchises finally broke through and won a championship, with the Caps hoisting the Stanley Cup in June.

The Wizards, after landing Dwight Howard, Austin Rivers and bringing Jeff Green home, are "as deep or the deepest team that we've ever had," Leonsis says.

Both of Leonsis' Arena Football League teams squared off in the league championship over the weekend, with his first born of the two, the Washington Valor, winning the Arena Bowl. And his WNBA team, the Mystics, have the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.

There's no 'Bill' to go along for the ride, but there's plenty of dollar bills for sure to compliment 'Ted's Excellent Adventure' and the magic carpet ride Leonsis and Monumental Sports & Entertainment are on right now.

Let the good times roll. On Monday, Leonsis and MSE announced an extended multi-team/platform partnership with MedStar Health, already a corporate partner with many of their properties.

The practice facility of the Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals – formerly known as Kettler Capitals Iceplex – will now be called the MedStar Capitals Iceplex. It was known as Kettler Capitals Iceplex until now but the location in Arlington atop the Ballston Common Mall remains the same.

The new Wizards practice facility, also home to the Mystics, and Go-Go of the NBA G League, will be named the MedStar Wizards Performance Center in Southeast, D.C.

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Monumental also has a District Gaming training facility, which is now the MedStar Wizards District Gaming Studio.

The two companies will also develop a "groundbreaking new medical partnership model, bringing together a medical council that will bring top-end medical training techniques and services to each of Monumental's teams.

Leonsis was also very pleased with the work of Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan (no surprise) and Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld, which is sure to disappoint many Wizards fans. "I thought both front-offices had 'A' grades for their off-season," Leonsis told TheFanDC.com.  

"For the Wizards, it was we need to have more balance and more depth and be prepared for injuries," Leonsis said. "We had injuries last year. We want to be able to have interchangeable parts and players who are adapted to the new NBA." 

Leonsis believes the Wizards are 10 or 11 deep in their rotation.

As for the Stanley Cup Champions, "I thought the Capitals offseason was equally as magnificent," Leonsis said, while adding "most Stanley Cup-winning teams end up getting blown up, and we're returning everyone to this team except for two players." 

Leonsis admitted, "I'll miss Jay Beagle very, very much," but said, "to be able to keep the team together was really, really great work by the front office."

"I want us to be the most important, biggest regional sports and entertainment company in the world," Leonsis said. "Summers like these make it a lot easier to reach that."

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