Originally posted on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 12/14/12
The poor Washington Wizards have been the target of many digs over the years. After all, the franchise has won just 39% of its games since 1997. That kind of futility often stirs up condescending trash talk from the opposition, but certainly not from folks in or around the team itself. Well, maybe not so much.It appears as though the D.C. Lottery, one of the team's official partners, is now getting in on the action after executive director Buddy Roogow took a stab at the Wizards' lack of success during a hearing before the D.C. Council's Committee on Finance and Revenue on Thursday. From the Washington Post:“I want to talk to you about some of the other things that we’re trying to do to maintain interest,” Roogow told the committee. “We have special games out there. We have a Washington Wizards scratch ticket. We hope the ticket – and it has been – is more successful than — no offense — the Washington Wizards. But we’re out there with a Washington Wizards scratch ticket that’s specifically licensed through the NBA. So we’re happy about that. We had a very successful Cadillac ticket. A Washington Capitals ticket last year. And a Monopoly ticket. We buy these licensed product games, because they’re very popular with the players, and they bring in added revenue.”Apparently, Roogow was attempting to persuade officials about how much success the Lottery was enjoying and such. I'm just not sure comparing yourself to one of the NBA's lowliest franchises is one of them.
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