I agree that ESPN the magazine is crap...I thought it was interesting to see how they compared the DC teams and didn't really look at the comparisons across markets. I realize this is not the debate, but as a GW season ticket holder for 8 years, a Capitals season ticket holder for 3 years, a partial ticket holder for the Redskins and Nationals (and a former ticket holder for the Yankees), if we were talking about the overall "fan eperience", the Capitals absolutely crush anything I have seen as far as value per dollar spent and this is at an $85 per seat cost.
To thinker and back to the point, I can't dispute the skins being king no matter how hard Snyder tries to alienate fans (no tailgating in most of the parking lots, you have to be kidding me!). Hockey as a sport is definitely 4th overall, but I think the Capitals have turned the corner in this market. I think it will be interesting to see what happens in DC over the net few years. Coverage of the Capitals has increased in the post, ratings have gone up significantly, etc. DC has become a "destination" for free agents (see Theodore and Fedorov last year and Mike Knuble last week), they have one of the most engaging owners in sports, great practice facility etc not to mention Ovi. If the Caps win the cup (definitely have a shot over the net five years the way the team is put together), I think they may surpass the the Wizards as the number 2 team in town.
Hockey as a whole may be dead in your opinion, but it certaintly isn't in this town.