The first issue of the magazine was published in 1982, and was a huge success; $50,000 worth of copies were sold near cash registers, bookstores, and newsstands. Swap It: Should Wizards trade up for Knicks' No. Linda and Jay both suffered from congenital heart disease, leading to Jay's death at the age of 14 months old and Linda's death at the age of 16. Pollin supported the Washington, D.C. community philanthropically, including a 1988 partnership with businessman Melvin Cohen to award college scholarships to 59 fifth-graders in Seat Pleasant, Maryland. 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In 2009, the company was sold to American Express; Leonsis is now on the board of directors at American Express. She was 96. 1 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft), Bradley Beal (No. [38], In 2009, a season ticket holder informed Leonsis of a homeless man, Scott Lovell, who spent his nights sleeping outside Verizon Center. [85] Leonsis purchased the home from Chris Rogers, a telecommunications executive[86] who acquired Leonsis' home in McLean. Mad Bets: Will the Seahawks cover -7 vs. Vikings? [57] During Leonsis’ tenure as owner, the Wizards have compiled a promising young nucleus of players, including John Wall (No. [67], His first production was the documentary Nanking, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. [citation needed], A third documentary, A Fighting Chance, tells the story of Kyle Maynard, who became a nationally ranked wrestler, motivational speaker, and bestselling author, despite being born without arms or legs. Jordan later stated that he felt betrayed, and that if he had known he would be fired upon retiring he never would have come back to play for the Wizards. Troy Aikman and Joe Buck perfectly slam flyovers amid COVID-19 pandemic on hot mic, ‘I think he has something’- Nuno backing Max Kilman to make Wolves impact, ESPN's Maria Taylor receives support from colleagues after sharing hate message directed at family, The Rush: Cardinals soar as Cowboys collapse without Dak Prescott, Jordan Henderson hopes Liverpool are in trophy hunt when Virgil Van Dijk returns, Classic Spy Photos Of The Week: Aborted Acura NSX With V10 Engine, Aaron Rodgers on confrontations with Ndamukong Suh: ‘That goes back a long time’. [30], After purchasing the Wizards, Leonsis criticized the NBA's salary cap at a luncheon with business leaders. [4][7][8] Get all the sports news you need, direct to your inbox. On June 7, 2018, the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup Championship by defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 4 games to 1. Pollin was the longest-tenured owner of an NBA team, holding the Packers/Zephyrs/Bullets/Wizards franchise for 46 years. They were the NBA’s longest-tenured owners when they sold the franchise to Leonsis in 2010. Mayor Adrian Fenty named December 3, 2007, "Abe Pollin Day" in Washington, D.C.[10], Learn how and when to remove this template message. [34], Leonsis has owned the Washington Capitals since the spring of 1999, and in that timeframe the team has won ten Southeast Division titles, three Presidents’ Trophies, recorded more than 200 consecutive sellouts at Verizon Center (now Capital One Arena), and won a Stanley Cup Championship. The team reverted to its traditional red, white and blue colors. He is also an author, having published the book The Business of Happiness in 2010. [73][74], Leonsis is also the co-inventor of Only In New York, a board game that blends street savvy and smarts needed to make it in New York City. [76], Leonsis has authored a number of books, including Blue Magic: The People, Power and Politics Behind the IBM PC and The Business of Happiness: 6 Secrets to Extraordinary Success in Work and Life. [36] He was involved in a physical altercation with a fan, who led a mocking chant of Leonsis during the game and hoisted a sign chiding him. The block of F Street NW where Capital One Arena is located was named "Abe Pollin Way" in his honor. [20] Under his leadership, AOL increased its membership from under 800,000 members to over 8 million, while their annual revenue increased from $100 million to $1.5 billion. Two years later, he sold the company to T… [citation needed], Leonsis is the founder, majority owner, chairman and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns the NHL's Washington Capitals, NBA's Washington Wizards, NBA G League's Capital City Go-Go, WNBA's Washington Mystics, and the AFL's Washington Valor and Baltimore Brigade. [62], Leonsis purchased the rights to the Mystics around the same time he took over the Wizards.[63]. The uniforms are based very closely on those worn by the Washington Bullets from 1974 to 1987, during the team's glory years. A "Name the Team" contest yielded the name "Wizards.". Foundation Of Greater Washington, D.C. Inc. Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community, "Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin dies at 85", "Washington Wizards Owners Irene & Abe Pollin", "The Promise: Two wealthy men set out to transform the lives of 59 fifth-graders",, "Funeral for Wizards owner Pollin to be held Friday", "Abe Pollin, Team Owner and Philanthropist, Dies at 85",, Articles needing additional references from November 2009, All articles needing additional references, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 6 August 2020, at 16:29. [71], In 2013, Leonsis produced the documentary Lost for Life, which explores juvenile offenders who have been sentenced to life without parole. 3 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft) and Otto Porter Jr. (No. His first venture was publishing LIST, a technology magazine that focused on the then-new personal computing industry. The film premiered in January 2008 at the Sundance Film Festival. [4] In 1996, Pollin announced that he was changing the team's name because he felt the name "Bullets" had too many negative connotations. This was the first Stanley Cup victory in the history of the Washington Capitals. [44] The Capitals, like other teams, have raised ticket prices in recent years. [8][9], He attended Brooklyn Technical High School, before moving to Lowell, Massachusetts, where he graduated from Lowell High School in 1973. [47] In 2001, Leonsis claimed to have written a computer program that prevented Pittsburgh Penguins fans (the Capitals first-round opponent) from purchasing tickets online. In response, Leonsis sent Dibler a package that included a signed Alexander Ovechkin jersey and a letter inviting Dibler and his family to a game.[54]. [62] The development was paid for by DC taxpayers and District-funded Events DC while Leonsis' contribution to the $55 million cost was considered ceremonial. Foundation Of Greater Washington, D.C. Inc., Harvey C. Barnum, Jr., 2005 Teacher of the Year, Jason Kamras and 2006 Miss District of Columbia, Kate Michael. Leonsis found Lovell a part-time job as a restaurant kitchen worker and provided him with a paid and furnished apartment, a prosthetic leg and Capitals season tickets for life. Irene Pollin, longtime co-owner of Washington Wizards, Capitals and Mystics, dies at 96 Irene Pollin at her home in Bethesda in 2016. [4] He moved the team to the Washington area in 1973 after building the Capital Centre. “Irene will always be remembered and truly missed.”. Monumental Sports additionally owns the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.[23] and manages the MedStar Capitals Iceplex and George Mason University's EagleBank Arena. Pollin and his wife, Irene Sue (née Kerchek) were married on May 27, 1945, in Washington, D.C.[3] The couple had four children, three sons and one daughter: Linda Joy (1947-1963), Robert N. (born 1950), Kenneth Jay (1952-1954), and James Edward (born 1958). [22] As of 2014[update], he serves as vice chairman emeritus of AOL. 8 overall draft pick? During the All-Star game, Bellamy represented the team while scoring 23 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. The company grew out of Leonsis’ experience as a film producer. Everything you need to know about sports betting starts here.

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