It’s no secret that Capitals majority owners Ted Leonsis — who also leads the ownership group that controls the Wizards, Mystics, and Verizon Center — has long wanted more control of the broadcast rights for his teams’ games. He’ll finally get it, if a new deal announced today earns approval from the NHL and NBA.
In what a joint press release called “an innovative cross-equity and leadership structure,” Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) gets an ownership stake in CSN Mid-Atlantic, including representation on the network’s board of directors. The deal also extends CSN’s rights to broadcast Caps and Wizards games “well into the future.”
CSN Mid-Atlantic is 17 days away from their first Caps telecast of the season, an October 15 tilt against the New York Islanders. To promote the home opener, CSN released a commercial featuring beautifully edited highlights from last season.
The Caps boasted arguably the league’s best goal scorer (Alex Ovechkin), best goaltender (Braden Holtby), most creative centerman (Evgeny Kuznetsov), and most feared hitter (Tom Wilson).
Put that overtop a soundtrack of Joe Beninati calls and you have a pretty darn powerful commercial.
Before the Washington Capitals take on the Dallas Stars tonight, CSN Mid Atlantic will debut a new song. The country-tinged rock anthem is performed by the D.C.-based Morrison Brothers Band and will serve as the opening theme for the network’s hockey coverage. The news was first reported by my figurative brother at the DC Sports Bog, Scott Allen.
The music video for “Ice on Fire” features — and I know this is shocking — ice and fire. It was shot at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. I’m told no Capitals players were burned alive in the making of this film.
Russ Thaler had a report for CSN Washington from Kettler Capitals IcePlex Saturday. The video is above. The best quote of the day came from Bruce Boudreau. “When you’re up 2-0 on a really good team, everybody is playing good,” Boudreau said. “The defense is playing good. The forwards are playing good. The question is: can you sustain it? And that’s our question. Hopefully, we can.”
The last two series the Capitals have played in the playoffs, the Capitals have had 2-0 and 3-1 series leads, only to see both the Penguins and the Canadiens come back and win. When asked about losing those seven-game match-ups in the past, Alex Ovechkin had this to say. “Right now we stay focused and right now this team is different. Again that kind of experience from the last couple of years will help us.” Can the Capitals ride out the early momentum that the New York crowd will supply to the Rangers? Will the Capitals take what could be an insurmountable 3-0 series lead headed into Wednesday’s Game Four at Madison Square Gardens? We’ll see tomorrow at 3pm.
Also, make sure to check out these other fine Capitals stories from today: Capitals Insider: Capitals could have a different set of top two lines for Game 3 | Dump N’ Chase: Arnott Producing In The Clutch | Ted’s Take: Good and Bad
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