Owner of NBA’s Washington Wizards dies
The Wizards said information would be released as it became available. The Pollin family asked that their privacy be respected, the basketball team said. Pollin and his wife, Irene, have owned the NBA franchise, previously known as the Washington Bullets and before that the Baltimore Bullets, for 45 years. As the majority owners of
Washington Sports & Entertainment Limited Partnership, the Pollins oversaw the Washington Wizards, Washington/Baltimore
Ticketmaster and in-house promoter Musicentre Productions, as well as the management of the Verizon Center and George Mason University’s Patriot Center, according to the Verizon Center’s Web site. Pollin at one time also owned the Washington Capitals hockey team and the Washington Mystics WNBA team. Pollin moved from
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to the Washington area when he was 8, according to the Verizon Center’s biography of him.
He attended George Washington University and worked for his family’s construction company for more than a decade, it says. He and Irene, a St. Louis, Missouri, native, launched their own construction company in 1957 and built several large apartment houses and office buildings.
They have two sons and two granddaughters, according to the Web site.