NBA approves sale of Wizards to Leonsis

NBA approves sale of Wizards to Leonsis

NEW YORK, June 8 (UPI) -- Ted Leonsis, who owns the NHL's Washington Capitals, has received unanimous approval from the NBA Board of Governors for his purchase of the Washington Wizards.

NBA: Washington 108, Philadelphia 107

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Antawn Jamison scored a season-high 32 points Tuesday as the Washington Wizards overcame the death of owner Abe Pollin to beat Philadelphia 108-107.

Wizards, Capitals owner Pollin dead at 85

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Pro sports mogul Abe Pollin, who owned the NBA Wizards and NHL Capitals, has died at the age of 85, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
Wizards fire Eddie Jordan

Wizards fire Eddie Jordan

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- The struggling Washington Wizards have fired Coach Eddie Jordan, 11 games into his sixth season with the NBA team.

O'Malley leaving the Wizards

WASHINGTON, June 21 (UPI) -- Susan O'Malley has chosen to vacate her post as president of Washington Sports and Entertainment, which owns the NBA's Washington Wizards.

Grunfeld gets contract extension

RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- President of Basketball Operations Ernie Grunfeld of Washington Wednesday signed a multi-year contract extension.

Jordan rumored returning to Kings

WASHINGTON, May 11 (UPI) -- Speculation has Washington Coach Eddie Jordan returning to the Sacramento Kings despite having a year remaining on his contract with the Washington Wizards. The rumor pot began to simmer when Ernie Grunfeld, the Wizards' president of basketball operations

Mystics get ground-breaking new owner

WASHINGTON, May 25 (UPI) -- Former television executive Sheila Johnson has become the first African-American woman to own a piece of a franchise in the WNBA.

Commentary: Eddie Jordan steps in it

WASHINGTON, June 19 (UPI) -- Can one take seriously Eddie Jordan, the newly-hired coach of the NBA's Washington Wizards? Not really.

Wizards hire Eddie Jordan as coach

WASHINGTON, June 19 (UPI) -- The Washington Wizards announced Thursday the hiring of New Jersey Nets assistant Eddie Jordan as their new head coach.

Commentary: How about that NBA?

WASHINGTON, June 13 (UPI) -- What is going on in the bizarre world of NBA coaches?

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Wizards fire Doug Collins

WASHINGTON, May 30 (UPI) -- The Washington Wizards continued their purge Friday by firing Coach Doug Collins.

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Report: Wizards trying to interest Brown

WASHINGTON, May 30 (UPI) -- It looks like the Washington Wizards have become a player in the Larry Brown sweepstakes.
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Abe Pollin
Abe Pollin, owner of the Washington Wizards at the newly renamed Verizon Center, is shown prior to the start of the game against the Sacramento Kings on March 5, 2006 in Washington, D.C. The Wizards defeated the Kings 117-107. (UPI Photo/Mark Goldman)

Abe Pollin (December 3, 1923 – November 24, 2009) was the owner of a number of professional sports teams including the Washington Capitals in the National Hockey League (NHL), the Washington Mystics in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), and the Washington Wizards in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Pollin was the longest-tenured owner of an NBA team, holding the Packers/Zephyrs/Bullets/Wizards franchise for 46 years. He was one of the most famous owners in professional sports history.

Pollin was born on 3 December 1923 to Mr. and Mrs. Morris Pollin. When he was 8, Pollin's family moved to the Washington area from Philadelphia. Pollin graduated from The George Washington University in 1945 and took a job with his family’s construction company for 12 years. The Pollins launched their own construction company in 1957.

Abe Pollin is a member of the Levy family as well. A successful construction contractor in the Washington area, he headed an investment group that bought the then Baltimore Bullets in 1964. He moved the team to the Washington area in 1973 after building the Capital Centre. In 1996, Pollin announced that he was changing the team's name because he felt the name "Bullets" had too many negative connotations. "Our slogan used to be 'Faster than a speeding bullet,' but that is no longer appropriate," Pollin told the press. A "name-the-team" contest yielded the name "Wizards."

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