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Capital One Arena has a new bag policy. Here's what you need to know

Capital One Arena has a new bag policy. Here's what you need to know

Capital One Arena announced Friday they have initiated a new bag policy for the upcoming Capitals and Georgetown basketball season.

The biggest change includes a firm no backpacks policy. No matter the size, any kind of backpack will not be allowed in the arena, and luggage, roller bags, hard-sided bags/briefcases and bags larger than 14" long, 14" tall, and 6" wide are still prohibited.

Diaper bags and medical bags will be allowed into the arena but will need to be searched first.

Additionally, the arena will now have a no bags and express line at the F Street entrance for guests who are not carrying bags or are carrying a clutch or purse smaller than 4.5"x 6.5".

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How to watch: Capitals vs. Blackhawks preseason Game 1

How to watch: Capitals vs. Blackhawks preseason Game 1

Hockey season is finally back, and with roster battles heating up, particularly on the fourth line and final defensive pair, the Washington Capitals will get their first taste of preseason game action. 

After a premature departure in the playoffs to the Carolina Hurricanes in seven games, the Capitals are looking to kick-off their preseason with a win over a Chicago Blackhawks team that failed to make the playoffs and earned the third overall pick in the draft.

The Blackhawks are one of three teams the Capitals will face in the preseason, including the Hurricanes and Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues.

The Caps will face the Blackhawks in the regular season on October 20 at United Center in Chicago.

CAPITALS-BLACKHAWKS PRESEASON GAME 1: HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: Monday, September, 16, 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Capitals-Blackhawks preseason game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Blackhawks preseason game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

Radio: Caps Radio 24/7

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Chuck Todd: Nationals letting Anthony Rendon walk like Bryce Harper 'sends a terrible message to the fan base'

Chuck Todd: Nationals letting Anthony Rendon walk like Bryce Harper 'sends a terrible message to the fan base'

On his second appearance on the Nationals Talk podcast, Chuck Todd of "Meet the Press" admitted that, growing up in Miami, he had no Major League team to root for and that he always wanted to live in a city with a team.

"I always thought it would be great after work to go to a baseball game," Todd explained.

Now that the Nationals have stuck around since 2005, his allegiance is firmly with the Curly W's.

"I have shifted all Nats now cause my son is into it," Todd said.

As a fan and season ticket holder now, he's just as invested in the future of the franchise. The first of which is bringing back Anthony Rendon when his contract expires at the end of this year.

"I'm trying to be logical about it," Todd noted. "We're (season ticket holders) doing all we can, I wanna know are you (management) doing all you can for the fans."

Given the fact that Bryce Harper walked just a season ago, Todd thinks it would be a disservice to the fans if Rendon walks now.

"I think the blank check approach has to be considered a business decision," Todd said.  "It's hard to overpay for a corner infielder, particularly a third baseman. I just think it sends a terrible message to the fan base if they don't."

Furthermore, Todd understands that overpaying for an outfielder like Harper might not have been smart, but because Rendon might be a National League MVP candidate, there's a chance the Nationals would have to pay more than they'd like.

"It's one thing to have let Bryce go," Todd noted.  "You are going to overpay him (Rendon), you're going to pay him for unproductive years." 

One fan who didn't take too kindly to Harper's departure was Todd's son.

"He was all fine had it been a West Coast team," Todd chuckled. "The Philly thing felt like salt (in the wound). Like really? You're gonna go with the team that just felt like a lesser team than what the Nats were building. He has enjoyed following his batting average." 

But if it came down to a Wild Card Game shootout between the Nats and the Phillies, Todd and his son don't want to face the former Nat.

 "Like me (my son) doesn't want to see the one-game playoff against Philly," Todd said.

You can listen to the full episode of the Nationals Talk podcast below, and subscribe wherever you listen.

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