The Washington Times - November 24, 2009, 06:35PM

As news of Abe Pollin’s death spreads, a number of people from the area and from around the country will weigh in with their reaction, many of them via released statements. We’ll attempt to collect as many of them as we can in this space.

“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.”
— Gary Bettman, Commissioner of the National Hockey League


“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.”
— D.C. United President and CEO Kevin Payne

“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.”
— Washington Nationals

“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.”
— Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder

“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.”
— George Washington University president Steven Knapp

“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.”
— NBA commissioner David Stern

“Abe Pollin was a giant in the sports world, but he also was a civic leader and a generous philanthropist whose visionary Verizon Center helped revitalize the east side of Washington, D.C.’s downtown. Abe was a gentleman who believed in sportsmanship and in honor on and off the court. He was a true friend who never hesitated to give advice and counsel.”
— United States Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland

“He had been in bad health and I wish his family the best. He’s probably in a better place. It was tough for me to see him because when I came [to the Wizards], Mr Pollin was walking around, driving himself to work. He used to do laps around the arena for exercise. So to see him the last couple years, I knew that wasn’t who he was. I just remember him in the best of times and just wish his family the best. Mr. Pollin meant a lot to this city.”
— Washington Wizards center Brendan Haywood, the longest-tenured player on the team

“He was very unique. He loved his team and he loved his city and married the two together in a way that wasn’t about his personal fortune. That did come, obviously, but he was a regular guy that happened to be really smart and a good businessman, too.”
— Bob Sweeney, president of the Greater Washington Sports Alliance

“I just lost a really, really good friend. I think it’s more than any of you will understand or I could explain. It’s going to be a big void in sports and this community as well. The type of person he was, Mr. Pollin was a tremendous competitor. I wanted to win because it made me look good and I could re-negotiate contracts. He wanted to win because he was a competitor and for what it gave to other people and gave them a sense of pride. He was different and he followed that every day for the 40 years I knew him.”
— Former Washington Bullets player and coach Wes Unseld