Abe Pollin dies
Abe Pollin, 85, Washington's homegrown sports entreprenur who owned the Wizards and Mystics basketball teams and was chairmen and owners of Washington Sports & Entertainment organization, died today. He had been battling a degenerative brain disease, corticobasal degeneration, for several years.
Pollin was among the last of the old-school pro sports owners as a family business, shaped by his strong personality and his intense loyalties. His teams lost more than they won, and fans often criticized his personnel moves or his failure to spend more money, but there was no one in public life who loved Washington more than Pollin. I think of him as the George Halas of the mid-Atlantic.
His wealth came from his construction and development company -- it built several large apartment houses and office buildings, one of which featured the first-ever rooftop pool in Washington.
He was also a major philanthropist in the community, paying for affordable housing and endowing a local Boy's and Girl's Club, to his grandest project -- building the MCI Center (now Verizon) in 1997 and triggering a stunning renaissance of Gallery Place and surrounding neighborhoods.
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