"Give this city a consistent winner, and they're going to come out," he said. "Look at the Capitals. Eight years ago, you couldn't put 6,000 people in Verizon Center. Now you can't get a ticket. That's the best example. If the Nationals are vying for the division title each year, people will come out."
"I was just thrilled to get a team in 2005," said Steve Buckhantz, a native Washingtonian and longtime sports broadcaster who has called Wizards games for 15 seasons.