Washington Capitals nominated for “Sports Team of the Year”
The Washington Capitals organization has been nominated by The Sports Business Journal for “Sports Team of the Year” as part of the 12th annual Sports Business Awards on Wednesday, May 22.
The Washington Capitals will be the National Hockey League representative, along with the Portland Thorns FC (NWSL), Atlanta United FC (MLS), Milwaukee Bucks (NBA), Milwaukee Brewers (MLB), and the Golden State Warriors (NBA).
The winning organization will be announced at an awards ceremony tonight Wednesday, May 22 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square.
The Sports Business Awards were established by the Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily in 2008. The award ceremony was launched to celebrate and recognize the leaders in the sports world who personify excellence and dedication in the business of sports.
As noted these teams are not necessarily the champions of the sports leagues, but teams that put in the effort to make a better community around them.
Per NHL.com and the Washington Capitals section of the website, the following was written about the Caps and why they were nominated.
The Capitals, who claimed their fourth straight Metropolitan Division title, are currently the only team in the NHL with an active consecutive 100-point season streak with at least five seasons and have recorded the most wins (253) and points (548) in the NHL during that span. During the team’s historic Stanley Cup run in 2018, the Capitals saw the fourth highest single game retail sales in NHL Finals history, marking a 25% increase from 2017. The Capital also achieved a 30% increase in online sales. In addition, on average, more than 40,000 fans attended a viewing party within and surrounding Capital One Arena during the 2018 playoffs. The 2018 Stanley Cup Final was also the most watched broadcast since 2015 and the most watched series on record that did not involve an original six team. In the community, the team concluded the 2017-18 season having raised nearly $3 million for area charities. For the 10th consecutive season, the Capitals sold out every home game and set a franchise record with 458 consecutive sellouts at Capital One Arena (including playoffs) dating back to 2008-09 season.
The Capitals who put up an amazing season following a long Stanley Cup Championship run were bounced from the playoffs in a seven game series against the Carolina Hurricanes.