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Monumental introduces digital tickets

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Monumental introduces digital tickets

Washington sports fans now have the option of going green.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment announced today the introduction of a digital ticket system available to Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, Washington Mystics and Georgetown Hoyas season-ticket holders.

The Season Ticket Digital Card program replaces traditional paper tickets with a preloaded card containing corresponding seat locations. The card serves as admission to all games within a customers full-season or partial-plan ticket package for Capitals games and full-season ticket package for Wizards, Mystics and Georgetown mens basketball games.

Season-ticket holders will receive one card per account that includes several account management benefits. With the introduction of the card, all Capitals, Wizards and Mystics account management functions previously associated with fees are now free. Season-ticket holders will now be able to print tickets at home and forward tickets without paying a single fee. Capitals and Wizards ticket holders also may use the system to list tickets for sale through Ticketmaster TicketExchange. If a customer opts to have a paper ticket for a particular game, the system allows the customer to print tickets from any computer.

We are always looking to bring the most up-to-date technological advances to our season-ticket holders as well as improve and enhance the game-day experience, said Jim Van Stone, Monumental Sports & Entertainment senior vice president of ticket sales and services.

This quick, secure and easy-to-use digital ticket system will give our guests the ultimate convenience and flexibility in using their seats, added Dave Touhey, Verizon Center senior vice president and general manager.

The card is valid for all seat locations on an account and is swiped using a hand-held computer by an attendant upon entrance to Verizon Center. Patrons then receive a seat locator tab for each valid ticket stored on the card, which is used as the ticket for the game once inside of the arena.

Georgetown athletics is pleased to work with Monumental Sports and Ticketmaster to provide digital ticketing solutions and enhanced technology to fans in an efficient, secure and easy manner, said Dan ONeil, Georgetown University associate athletics director for external affairs. We place a high priority on customer service and are excited to offer digital-ticketing solutions to our loyal Hoya fan base.

In an effort to make the transition to digital tickets as easy as possible, several resources are available to customers. Season-ticket holders will receive a brochure with a detailed explanation of the systems benefits, answers to frequently asked questions and step-by-step instructions on how to use online functionalities. In addition, more information and a series of video tutorials are currently available on the Capitals and Wizards websites.

Fans holding single-game tickets, group tickets and suite tickets will continue to receive paper tickets.

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Projecting how Eastern Conference will shake out: Toronto Raptors

Projecting how Eastern Conference will shake out: Toronto Raptors

No. 3 Toronto Raptors

2015-16: Finished 56-26 for second place but was eliminated in the conference finals in six games to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Best additions: C Jakob Poeltl, PF Pascal Siakam, C-F Jared Sullinger. The first two are products of the draft and could take time to determine just how good they can be. Sullinger is versatile but often is out of shape and frustrating because he can be better.

Biggest change: The Raptors’ greatest weakness was the lack of a PF with an ability to stretch the floor. They had Luis Scola last year, an unathletic, non-three-point shooter who was past his physical prime. They were one of the few teams to play with two traditional bigs in the starting lineup.

Question marks: Defense minus F/C Bismack Biyombo. He was central to their emergence even when C Jonas Valanciunas went down. Now he’s with the Orlando Magic. The backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan can be elite and then disappear without notice. Usually a better, more consistent regular-season team than in the playoffs.

2016-17 NBA Team Previews:

No. 15 Brooklyn Nets
No. 14 New York Knicks
No. 13 Milwaukee Bucks
No. 12 Philadelphia 76ers
- No. 11 Charlotte Hornets
- No. 10 Orlando Magic
- No. 9 Miami Heat
No. 8 Washington Wizards
- No. 7 Detroit Pistons
No. 6 Atlanta Hawks
- No. 5 Chicago Bulls
- No. 4 Boston Celtics

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Projecting how Eastern Conference will shake out: Boston Celtics

Projecting how Eastern Conference will shake out: Boston Celtics

No. 4 Boston Celtics

2015-16: Finished 48-34 for a No. 5 seed and was eliiminated in six games of the first round by the Atlanta Hawks who had home-court advantage.

Best additions: F/C Al Horford, F Jaylen Brown and F Ben Bentil. The latter two were acquired via the draft with Horford choosing his new team over the Wizards in free agency.

Biggest change: Horford gives them size and a true quality starter at the four and five spots, and the losses of G/F Evan Turner and F Jared Sullinger to free agency is manageable.

Question marks: Coach Brad Stevens has proven he can win with anyone, even a bunch of role players, on his roster. They're better with Horford but he's still not the kind of impact player who can help a team become a true championship contender. He can keep them around 50 wins and a competing for a top four seed. If they hit the jackpot on one of the draft picks, of course, that changes plenty. 

2016-17 NBA Team Previews:

No. 15 Brooklyn Nets
No. 14 New York Knicks
No. 13 Milwaukee Bucks
No. 12 Philadelphia 76ers
- No. 11 Charlotte Hornets
- No. 10 Orlando Magic
- No. 9 Miami Heat
No. 8 Washington Wizards
- No. 7 Detroit Pistons
No. 6 Atlanta Hawks
- No. 5 Chicago Bulls

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With John Wall recovering, what about Kendall Marshall for Wizards?

With John Wall recovering, what about Kendall Marshall for Wizards?

The Washington Wizards could possibly seek to add a backup point guard depending on their sense of John Wall's recovery from multiple knee surgeries. One NBA veteran wth local ties is now on the market.

Kendall Marshall is reportedly on the move from Philadelphia to Utah with the Jazz set to cut the Northern Virginia native.

The pass-first point guard hasn't been able to find a stable home in four seasons in part because of defensive and athleticism concerns. Marshall has played 160 games with four different teams since Phoenix drafted him 13th overall in 2012. That doesn't even count a very, very brief stint with the Wizards. Marshall joined Washington in 2013 as part of the Marcin Gortat trade, but he was waived three days later.

Washington acquired Trey Burke, another lottery pick who hasn't lived up to that status, this summer from Utah. 2012 second round pick Tomas Satoransky finally joins the Wizards and could serve as another option. That combination could get the job done behind Wall, but probably would need help if the 3-time All-Star isn't ready for the Oct. 27 season opener in Atlanta. The Wizards also added Casper Ware to their training camp roster. We'll see if anyone comes on board.

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