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New Wiz owner promises "hundreds of changes"

Posted on: July 20, 2010 1:31 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2010 1:39 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Via the DC Sports Bog comes some information Wizards fans are likely to be interested in. New owner Ted Leonsis not only has some incredible luck as evidenced by his landing franchise changers in both John Wall and Alex Ovechkin (Leonsis also owns the Capitals) , but is also taking a proactive approach to reinventing the Wizards fan experience.

His first order of business: urinal cup holders.

"So they go to the bathroom and they put their beer [cups] in their mouth," Leonsis told 106.7 The Fan's Mike Wise Show. "Isn't that great? See that image in your mind's eye. We've literally been putting little ledges over the urinals so that people can put their cups, right? We know that sounds [funny], the ketchup sounds funny, building a little cup holder over the urinals, but we're gonna do hundreds of those kind of things, so the experience is great and it improves and fans know we listen to them. "

Absolutely brilliant. This is a man that knows the heart of the fan. But Leonsis's overall approach is just to improve everything . What a novel idea. He continued explaining his plan:

"And if we're doing all that and the team is improving, we'll end up with Magic. That's what we did with the Caps. The team got better and the level of services got better, and all that came together at the same time, and now we have one of the best teams in the league and we're sold out every game....

"I'm gonna re-do everything," he continued. "I think we want to change the lighting; that's something we're looking into so it's more traditional, like the Garden and L.A. You will see hundreds of visible signs of change."

He was asked for a few more examples of visible change and he said fans told the ownership they'd like more respect to the game as in turning down the music and defense chants. I for one love that. The NBA is already a fairly manufactured entertainment environment, but the artificial "Deee-fense" chants and loud rock music shouldn't be part of it.

"We're gonna try to do as many things as we can to reactivate the van base, because this is a basketball-mad city," Leonsis said in the interview. "The place loves basketball. And if we give them a good product and we service our [customers], I think we'll sell out these games, just the way we sell out every Caps game."

Category: NBA

Since: Oct 30, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2010 1:13 pm

New Wiz owner promises "hundreds of changes"

Typo alert!!!!

Last Paragraph, first sentence......"van base".....I think you meant to type fan base.

I guess Royce Young does not have a proofreader....or maybe they should be fired if he does!!!Surprised

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: July 20, 2010 9:34 pm

New Wiz owner promises "hundreds of changes"

Stay Thirsty My Friend

Since: Jul 20, 2010
Posted on: July 20, 2010 6:37 pm

New Wiz owner promises "hundreds of changes"

how bout change there awful jerseys/colors! also there name.

Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: July 20, 2010 4:20 pm

New Wiz owner promises "hundreds of changes"

Dude put's the Wiz in Wizard.. Brilliant... 

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