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The Sports Capitol update: Where we stand after six months

BY BEN STANDIG, BRIAN MCNALLY AND TODD DYBAS | AUG. 23, 2018

We are reporters here at The Sports Capitol. It’s our job to know what is happening with all aspects of the D.C sports scene.

We know there is intense competition in the market. We have known for weeks more is coming soon. That doesn’t bother us. We welcome it because we believe in this model completely. You don’t have to wade through a barrage of intrusive ads and videos to get the content you want from us. We get compensated fairly. Nobody is chasing revenue with clickbait stories that are empty calories. Everybody wins.

We’re inviting more people to join us. We have different membership options available now and starting Friday we’re launching a sale in conjunction with the start of the NFL season. The Capitals and Wizards also begin soon. Additional features including members-only podcasts and fantasy football leagues are coming.

This weekend is our six-month anniversary here at The Sports Capitol. We can’t thank our initial group of subscribers enough for their commitment and support.

We’ve had exclusive 1-on-1 interviews with John WallJosh Norman and Davey Martinez, with Elena Delle Donne and John Thompson III. We’ve broken news, including Marcin Gortat’s imminent trade. We’ve offered detailed insight into the contracts for Alex Ovechkin and Ernie Grunfeld.

We were in Las Vegas for the Capitals’ Stanley Cup-clinching win, in Cincinnati for the Nationals’ season-opener, in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine.

We are David competing with corporate Goliaths and will continue to punch above our weight. We have to take that insurgent approach given the resources our competition has and will have in the future. But no grassroots effort succeeds without help from the masses, fellow dreamers.

The whole point of The Sports Capitol was to provide an ad-free experience primarily for fans of D.C.’s four major sports teams – the Redskins, Capitals, Wizards and Nationals – from writers who have covered these teams for years, know the ins and outs of the locker rooms, can place it all in context and have the same passion for this that you do. Fans of the Hoyas, Colonials, Patriots, Terps and Mystics recognize we have insight and access there as well. We also anticipate adding D.C. United coverage.

The real Washington isn’t the two miles on Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and Capitol Hill. Someone not from here won’t get that. The real District is what we saw during the Capitals’ championship parade. Those were locals out celebrating a long-awaited title. We were there. We’ve been here working for this outlet and others through the years.    

Through six months we’ve forged partnerships with ABC-7, WTOP and ESPN Richmond. We’ve built a network of podcasts featuring notable guests, league insiders and analysis of your favorite teams.

It’s been a good start. From Day 1 we never had to play catch up because we know the D.C. sports scene intimately. We’re aiming to change coverage for the better. If you haven’t already, we would love for you to join us in the coming months. To those of you who have, thank you, the best is yet to come.

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