Leonsis is handed his golf clubs after his annual early playoff exit, which has become a Spring ritual in Washington.
Theodore 'We don't have miles to go before we sleep, we have arrived' Leonsis (born January 8, 1957, in Brooklyn, New York) is an Internet troll, sports team owner....
In the early years of his ownership, the Capitals went on to win back-to-back Southeast Division titles in 2000 and 2001 but lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Pittsburgh Penguins. In the summer of 2001, the Capitals traded for Jaromir Jagr and signed him to what was at the time, the largest contract in NHL history. After Jagr was traded in 2004, Leonsis received overwhelming criticism from fans, and was involved in a physical altercation with a 20-year old fan, Jason Hammer, who led a mocking chant of Leonsis during the game and hoisted a sign chiding him. Hammer confronted Leonsis, who grabbed and threw him to the ground. Leonsis was fined $100,000 and suspended for a week, during which he was prohibited from having any contact with the team. During the altercation a young child was knocked to the ground.
After purchasing the Wizards, Leonsis criticized the NBA's salary cap at a luncheon with business leaders. He was fined $100,000 by the league, for "unauthorized public comments regarding the league's collective bargaining negotiations." In 2010, journalist Damien Cox, author of the Ovechkin Project, a biography of Alexander Ovechkin, wrote that Leonsis was trying to circumvent the NHL's salary cap when signing Ovechkin’s contract. He also alleged that Leonsis was bribing bloggers for positive coverage of the Capitals. Leonsis said that Cox was angry that he did not receive the access to Ovechkin that he wanted and defended his support for the league.
In 2009-10 the Capitals earned the NHL's President's Trophy as the team that finished with the most points in the league during the regular season. 
The 2010-11 season marked the highest attendance in franchise history, drawing 754,309 fans. The Capitals, like other teams, have raised ticket prices in recent years. In 2011, after raising ticket prices for the fourth consecutive year while shrinking the size of beers sold at the Verizon Center, he earned the nickname "Leon$i$". In 2001, Leonsis claimed to have written a computer program that prevented Pittsburgh Penguins fans (the Capitals first-round opponent) from purchasing tickets online. When asked if the actions were unfair, Leonsis stated, "I don't care. I'm going to keep doing it." Again in 2009, he received criticism for preventing visiting team fans from purchasing Capitals playoff tickets.
In the face of community opposition, Leonsis has persisted with a plan to expand the billboards around the Verizon Center.  Critics said the signage would make the arena more garish and cheapen DC's Chinatown while Leonsis said it was necessary to raise an additional $20 to 30 million in annual revenue.  
Pavel Bure wrote:Ted Leonsis's hatred of free speech is reminiscent of Saddam Hussein's dictatorship of Iraq. The two individuals also have similar tastes in facial hair.
Leonsis believes that the independent media is the spawn of the devil, that the Wizards can compete for a championship with Erine Grunfeld as GM, and that the moon landings were a hoax.
Leonsis not only refused to give refunds to a fan who was snowed out of the Feb. 7 Pittsburgh/Washington game and unable to use her tickets, but mocked that fan via email.
"Blah blah blah — all was well — 16k people showed up and saw a great game — off your soapbox please," is how Leonsis is alleged to have responded to a refund request from snowbound fan identified as "Erin McKenzie Dean" of Salisbury, Md.
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