The Washington Capitals have been nominated by The Sports Business Journal for "Sports Team of the Year" as part of the 12th annual Sports Business Awards. The Capitals join the Portland Thorns FC (NWSL), Atlanta United FC (MLS), Milwaukee Bucks (NBA), Milwaukee Brewers (MLB) and Golden State Warriors (NBA).
Winners will be announced at an awards gala on Wednesday, May 22 at the New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square.
Launched in 2008, the Sports Business Awards were established by Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily to celebrate and recognize the leaders, visionaries and day-to-day practitioners who personify excellence in the business of sports.
The 2019 nominees and winners will be recognized for excellence and outstanding achievement in the business of sports for the period from March 1, 2018 - February 28, 2019.
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.
The Capitals launched their multiyear brand campaign 'ALL CAPS' in conjunction with the 2017-18 season. The ALL CAPS campaign focuses on fan and player sentiment across the entire Capitals community, highlighting the stories and connections that exist among players and fans both on and off the ice.
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.