Wizards owner and philanthropist Abe Pollin, dead at 85

November 24, 2009

(ChattahBox) —  Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin has died after a long battle with a rare brain disease that impairs movement and balance, at the age of 85. Pollin’s death was announced by his company, Washington Sports & Entertainment. The son of Russian immigrants Pollin parlayed success in housing developments to bring major league hockey and basketball teams to the Nation’s Capital in the 1970s. Pollin bought the Baltimore Bullets in 1964 and moved the team to the D.C. area in 1973. Pollin’s philanthropic efforts boosted many of the capital’s poorer areas and presence in downtown DC.  The “Pollin Award” has been awarded annually since 2002 in his honor.  Pollin served as the chairman of Washington Sports & Entertainment, overseeing the Wizards, Washington/Baltimore Ticketmaster and Musicentre Productions as well as the Verizon Center and The George Mason University Patriot Center.  With Pollin’s death, a group led by longtime AOL executive Ted Leonsis is poised to take ownership of Washington Sports & Entertainment.


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