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WASHINGTON -- Ted Leonsis doesnt believe hes getting it done, at least not where it counts the most. The NHL and NBA owner graded himself Tuesday in an interview with reporters and editors from The Associated Press, and the marks reflect the mixed results and shifting expectations regarding both franchises since he took over the Capitals in 1999 and the Wizards in 2010. A "failing grade" for the Washington Capitals, but thats grading on the curve. An incomplete for the Washington Wizards, but its time to take a step forward. A "strong B" for the business side of both teams, even though both teams are still in the red. "When I bought the teams, I said it was a left-brain, right-brain experience," Leonsis said. "Left-brain being about the emotion and the competitiveness and the higher calling of bringing a community closer together by winning a championship and finding some kind of immortality for the fan base and the players." By contrast, the right brain is the nuts-and-bolts: ticket sales, merchandise, ratings, building the "brand." Thats where Leonsis is a natural, bringing marketing expertise honed while he was an executive at AOL. The Capitals are no longer a D.C. afterthought -- they sell out every game and have made the playoffs sixth straight years with three-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin. Leonsis said the Capitals have about 15,000 season ticket holders, a long way from the fewer than 3,000 when he bought the team, a statistic that by itself makes a case for the "strong B." But he also notes that a team that has one of the leagues best records in recent years should have success defined whether its won a championship; the Capitals havent even made it past the second round of the playoffs under his tenure. "I have to give us a failing grade, which is rating harshly. ... But were past now saying making the playoffs makes for a successful season, and we want to win a Stanley Cup and we havent done that," Leonsis said. "So I have to say Im failing because thats my and our ultimate goal." Leonsis inherited a mess with the Wizards, and hes embarked on a rebuilding process similar to the one that brought the Capitals out of the doldrums. But the Wizards were a combined 86 games under .500 over the last three NBA seasons, and eventually the longsuffering fans need to get their payoff. Its worth noting that both team president Ernie Grunfeld and coach Randy Wittman are in the final year of their contracts. "I believe that were good enough and now mature enough -- John Wall is our most tenured player, and hes still on his rookie contract -- but its the fourth year of the rebuild," he said. "And were spending right to the (salary) cap and frankly more, since we amnestied Andrey Blatche. ... Now I believe its time for the Wizards to take that next step." Even so, Leonsis isnt a fan of the "playoffs or bust" mantra. "Playoffs or bust, what does that mean?" Leonsis said. "Shut the team down if we dont make the playoffs for the Wizards? We would certainly, if we dont make the playoffs, for both teams we would do our due diligence in a more hypersensitive manner, right? Because we didnt meet our expectations. But the teams not going bust. The fan base isnt going bust. It would just heighten the scrutiny that we have to do." Robert Newhouse Jersey . Watching them over the past year - and in some cases, two years - has given us a starting point for this seasons Craigs List. Robert Newhouse Womens Jersey . Hes had three top-10 results this season and feels ready to put it all together and finally hoist a trophy at the top level. http://www.cowboysrookieproshop.com/Cowboy...cgovern-Jersey/ . Watching them over the past year - and in some cases, two years - has given us a starting point for this seasons Craigs List. Trysten Hill Youth Jersey . The Force had two men, including former Wallabies No. 8 Ben McCalman, in the sin-bin in the dying minutes of the match, but were able to resist a late Highlanders surge to post a four-try, bonus point win. Roger Staubach Jersey . - The Oakland Athletics say they are stopping negotiations to extend their lease at the Coliseum.MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has a signed a contract extension through the 2014-15 season. The 33-year-old France left back has made 379 appearances since joining United in January 2006, winning five Premieer League titles and the Champions League.dddddddddddd He also scored 10 goals and regularly wore the captains armband in the absence of former skipper Nemanja Vidic. Evras previous contract was to expire during the summer. ' ' '
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