Reactions to Pollin's death [Updated]
NBA Commissioner David Stern:
"With Abe Pollin's passing, the NBA family has lost its most revered
member, whose stewardship of the Wizards franchise, together with his wife
Irene, has been a study in unparalleled dedication to the city of
Washington. During his illness he fought with a determination and valor
that will remain an inspiration to all. We extend our deepest sympathies
to Irene and his two sons, to whom he was so very devoted, and to the
entire Pollin family."
Redskins owner Dan Snyder:
"Abe Pollin was a great owner for Washington, as well as a personal friend. His legacy will live through his teams and the arena he built, and just as importantly, through his commitment to his family and to Washington. My thoughts and prayers go out to Irene and the rest of his wonderful family."
The Washington Nationals:
"The Washington Nationals and the Lerner family join all of the Washington DC community and sports fans nationally in mourning the loss of Abe Pollin. He was not just the beloved owner of sports teams in the Nation's Capital for almost 40 years; he was also a significant force in the rebirth of downtown Washington DC, and a magnanimous contributor to the personality, health, and well-being of everyone who calls our community home. He leaves an important legacy. Our deepest affection and condolences are with the Pollin family and the Washington Sports and Entertainment organization in their time of grief."
"Abe Pollin was the most iconic figure on the Washington, D.C. sports scene and one of the most beloved owners in all of American sports. His decades-long stewardship of the Wizards, Capitals, and Mystics, his vision in developing the Verizon Center, and his deep commitment to the D.C. community made him an example for sports team owners and executives everywhere. On behalf of the players, staff, and fans of D.C. United, we extend our deepest sympathies to everyone at Washington Sports and Entertainment, and especially to the Pollin family."
Washington Convention and Sports Authority:
"The Washington Convention and Sports Authority, along with the entire Washington, D.C. community, mourns the passing of Abe Pollin, a legendary figure on the D.C. sports scene and a visionary whose dedication to the community is an inspiration to us all. He was a beloved sports owner in the District for more than 40 years and his pioneering efforts were a significant factor in the revitalization of downtown Washington. He will be missed, but his legacy will live on forever. We extend our sincere condolences to his wife Irene, his two sons and the entire Pollin family." [Added at 6 pm]
George Washington University President Steven Knapp:
All of us at The George Washington University mourn the loss of trustee emeritus and distinguished alumnus Abe Pollin. A 1945 graduate of the University, Mr. Pollin served as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1974 to 1999. He was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1974 and inducted into the School of Business Sports Executive Hall of Fame on March 9, 2009. He was a dedicated Washingtonian who transformed his beloved community. We at GW are proud of his accomplishments, and he will be greatly missed. [Added at 6:25 pm]
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman:
"Abe Pollin always wanted the best for his teams, for the fans and for Washington -- and all of those passions combined to create the arena that revitalized the entire downtown community. He was a man of commitment and principle and we all will miss him. The National Hockey League family sends sincere condolences to his loved ones." [Added 7:35 pm]
Greater Washington Sports Alliance:
"The Greater Washington Sports Alliance mourns the passing of Mr. Pollin. He was a leader in the business of sports, but more importantly, he was an exemplary figure in our community. His many achievements transformed the role that sports can have in our lives. Much of our work was started with the standards he had established, and they will continue on for many more years with the lifetime of legacies he has left us with. We extend our sincere condolences to the entire Pollin family." [Added 8:42 pm]
Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis:
We are all saddened by the news of Mr. Pollin's passing. We extend our deepest sympathies to Irene, Robert, Jimmy, the rest of the Pollin family and his many friends and join them, and all of Washington, in mourning a great man.
Mr. Pollin was a model philanthropist, an icon in the sports world and the individual responsible for founding the Capitals and bringing an NBA championship to our city. He was the catalyst in building a fabulous downtown arena that revitalized the surrounding area. Anyone walking down 7th Street, seeing the throngs of excited fans, the host of popular restaurants, hotels and nightspots, can attest to the lasting legacy of Mr. Pollin's deep commitment to D.C.
My partners and I were proud to work with him and his family during the last ten years and we are committed to continuing his tradition of building exciting, championship-caliber teams. When Lincoln Holdings bought the Capitals and a substantial percentage of Washington Sports & Entertainment from Mr. Pollin in 1999, he gave us the exclusive right to purchase the remaining portion of the Wizards, Verizon Center and the local Ticketmaster franchise. That agreement established an orderly process for conducting that transaction and it is our intention to follow that process. Now is not the time, however, to discuss that subject; our focus now should be on mourning a great man who has done so much for our city. [Added 8:47 pm]
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