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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."

D.C. United:
"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]

By Alexa Steele  |  November 24, 2009; 5:53 PM ET
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the guy who fired Jordan.
Mazel Tov Abe


Posted by: Chocolate_City | November 24, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

On my favorite Owner list in all of sports.

Posted by: Chocolate_City | November 24, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

RIP Mr. Pollin.

I'm a basketball fan because of the great Bullets teams of the late 70s and for that I will always be grateful.

Posted by: mugsybol | November 24, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Our condolences to the family and the Wizards for the loss of a great man and leader.

Posted by: junkmail0153 | November 24, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Chutzpah and hoops to China and the White House. Buying books and computers for the kids. Stadiums for the people.
Thank You
Abe and Irene Pollin and the Unselds

Posted by: Chocolate_City | November 24, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Abe Pollin.

Simply one of the finest human beings God blessed the world to have. You have touched the lives of more people than you will ever know.

Rest In Peace...

Posted by: bozomoeman | November 24, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

How blessed was Washington to have two great owners in Jack Kent Cooke and Abe Pollin navigating our beloved teams. May they each rest in peace.

Posted by: BC1963 | November 24, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me or does anyone else see it as odd that Ted Leonsis has not made a statement, or his statement has not been made public?

Posted by: TimDz | November 24, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

"Is it just me or does anyone else see it as odd that Ted Leonsis has not made a statement, or his statement has not been made public?"

He will, right with the one that says he just bought the Wizards.

Abe you were a class guy, but you trusted to many people you probably shouldn't have.


- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | November 24, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

"Is it just me or does anyone else see it as odd that Ted Leonsis has not made a statement, or his statement has not been made public?

Posted by: TimDz | November 24, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse "

He's busy scrambling for investors.

Time may be up for Wes Unseld Jr. though.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 24, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

See you in the after Abe. Hopefully the other young owners in professional sports can learn a thing or two from your legacy. Thank you for all your charity work... Tell Jack Kent Cooke we miss him too.

Posted by: Samuraise | November 24, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Condolences to the Polins. Abe's contributions to the DC area will be long remembered.

Posted by: JPRS | November 24, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

The end of an era. The man who brought NBA basketball and NHL to Washington. Revitalized the Chinatown area and was involved in many philanthropic endeavours. It was a great ride. Thanks for everything and RIP!

Posted by: randysbailin | November 24, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Well, a win tonight, but both AI and Gilby sucked.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 24, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Well, Gilby is the only starter with a minus in the game to go with his 6 TO's.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 24, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

I saw my first Bullet game in 68 when they were in B-More and have been a fan ever since, Abe Pollin was the Bullets/Wizards,he revitalized downtown DC with his own money while some of the so called fans refered to him as cheap he was hardly that, he was a giver more than anyone had a right to expect none of us will never know who he helped or how many of us benefited from his chartiable works. He bought a world championship to DC before the Redskins and the Bullets had back to back appearances in the NBA finals in the late 70's. Abe was a businessman and a smart one he will be missed no doubt and i doubt that we will ever see a sports owner like Mr.Abe Pollin again RIP my friend.

Posted by: dargregmag | November 24, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

As hard as the 2009/2010 edition of Abe's misfits tried to ram one more tough loss into his soul, Philly made sure they understood the magnitude of what happened today - and acted like so many previous Wizards teams; by failing in crunchtime.

Posted by: ARCstats | November 24, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Abe was a class act. He showed the other sports franchise owners how it should be done.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | November 24, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

For all the pro basketball fans in the Washington area, a new day will soon dawn. Lets be honest here - Abe's teams have stunk and have been mismanaged for decades. He deserves all the nice things people will say regarding his actions as a caring man, but if his teams played in Philly, New York, or Boston, he'd of been run out of town years ago.

Posted by: ARCstats | November 24, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

what a sad day. RIP Mr Pollin - thanks for a great run with your class and integrity. you showed that owning a sports team doesn't have to be "just a business". the fat lady sings a sad song tonight.

Posted by: rm0659 | November 24, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

"Death is the end of every man, and the living should take it to heart."

Mr. Pollin's death is a reminder to us that though sports in many ways mirrors life, life indeed trumps sports where it counts, for without life there could be no sports.

Irrespective of what others' opinions of him may be, Mr. Pollin was a class act, had a heart as big as the globe itself, and his stature and legend will far exceed the relatively few years he had on this earth. My prayers go out to Irene and the rest of the Pollin family.

May you rest in peace, Mr. Pollin, and thanks for all you have given us, Wizards included. Without you, there would be no Wiz team about which we could discuss and debate.

Posted by: bpybay | November 24, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

if your biggest fault is being too loyal to your employees, that's not such a bad thing... RIP Mr. Pollin

To Mr. Leonsis... please bring back the red, white and blue!!!

Posted by: joek443 | November 24, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

"but if his teams played in Philly, New York, or Boston, he'd of been run out of town years ago."

1)thanks for the classy post
2)some teams in those cities have sucked for long periods of time
3)who give's a rat's azz about them anyway

RIP Abe Pollin, he gave and gave and gave to the city he loved and helped transform it into the world class Capital we live in today. Never to be forgotten!

Posted by: divi3 | November 25, 2009 12:06 AM | Report abuse

To Mr. Leonsis... please bring back the red, white and blue!!!


Posted by: tgif11 | November 25, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

To Mr. Leonsis... please bring back the red, white and blue!!!

Posted by: joek443 | November 24, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

...And while you at it Ted, bring back an announcer who will say: "BULLS-EYEE!!!" EVERY TIME THE WIZARDS MAKE A SHOT!

P.S. Some of you 'puppy-posters' may not remember 'them good old days.'

Posted by: bazteal | November 25, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

I never knew Mr. Pollin personally but I could see that he was a kind hearted man who care about the city of Washington and the people. I can see what building Verizon Center has done to changed the Gallery Place area. I used to visit Chinatown quite frequently before MCI ( now Verizon ) Center was built and it was like walking into a dead zone. Now when I visit to go see a movie or eat there, it reminds me a lot of Christmas and how the streets are always crowded with people. I just wish to offer my condolences to Mrs. Pollin and the entire Pollin family for giving the city of Washington a great man who care for so many and show it not by words but by deeds with his generous contributions to help in any way he could. He gave so much to the city and we will always remember him. God Bless."

Posted by: nbrown32 | November 25, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

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