Sports gear stores cash in on Wizards’ success

John Wall and Bradley Beal jerseys are the most popular items at the Modell\'s Sporting Goods in Bethesda, says general manager Chad Thompson. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)

BETHESDA, Md. — As diehard Washington Wizards supporters are joined by fair- weather fans, team gear is flying off the shelves of D.C.-area sporting goods stores.

“A couple of home games really sparked a lot of excitement from our customers,” says Chad Thompson, general manager of the Modell’s Sporting Goods in Bethesda.

He says some playoff-specific items disappeared before the weekend was over.

“There was a 2014 playoff T-shirt that we got that we sold out of,” Thompson said.

This postseason battle with the Chicago Bulls couldn’t have come at a better time for local stores.

“The disappointment with the Caps has hurt our sales … having the Wizards kind of replace that certainly helps,” Thompson says. “Definitely a good spike in business for us.”

Jerseys are the most popular items, particularly John Wall jerseys. Thompson says there has also been interest in Bradley Beal and Nen


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