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Monumental Sports Network and NBC Sports Washington announced on Friday that they will air one-hour video game simulations of previously scheduled Washington Capitals games through EA Sports’ NHL 20 beginning this weekend. The games will be televised on NBC Sports Washington at the previously scheduled game times.
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“We know that fans are as disappointed as we are not to be able to watch our favorite teams on a nightly basis. We hope that these fun and engaging video game simulations will entertain our fans and help provide a greater sense of normalcy during these challenging times,” said Zach Leonsis, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Monumental Sports & Entertainment and General Manager of Monumental Sports Network. “We hope that when people tune in and watch these simulated games, they will be able to enjoy some friendly competitive play from the comforts of their own home.”
They will start airing Capitals’ virtual games on Tuesday at 7 PM ET when the team was scheduled to host the St. Louis Blues. Play by play commentator Joe Benenati and color commentator Craig Laughlin will be on the call for the games.
The games will also be available on its 24/7 authenticated streaming platforms and streamed direct-to-consumer on Monumental Sports Network via its website www.monumentalsportsnetwork.com or via any of its available apps on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Xbox. Capitals Radio 24/7 can be accessed on the NHL app.
“We hope this content gives fans a welcome outlet for their passion and interest in the Capitals and Wizards,” said NBCSW Senior Vice President & General Manager Damon Phillips. “If the video game version of Bradley Beal and Alex Ovechkin live up to their real-life counterparts, fans should be in for a fun experience.”
By Harrison Brown