Washington Wizards and MCI Center majority owner Abe Pollin underwent heart bypass surgery at a Cleveland hospital last Thursday. There were no complications, and he is currently recovering, a team spokesman said yesterday.
"Everything went great," Wizards spokesman Josh Sekind said.
Pollin's operation followed a routine visit June 16 to the Cleveland Clinic, which has one of the most widely respected cardiac treatment centers in the world. The sports entrepreneur, who is 81, has been visiting the hospital for annual checkups since undergoing his first heart bypass operation 25 years ago, according to Sekind.
"His physicians felt that to maintain his healthy heart, that they should do a second round of heart bypass surgery," Sekind said.
Pollin spent two days at the Cleveland Clinic's intensive care unit following last Thursday's surgery, and he is expected to return to his Washington-area home later this week or early next week, Sekind said.
Pollin, who made his fortune as a builder in the Washington area, is the founder and majority owner of Washington Sports & Entertainment, which is the holding company for his interests in the Wizards, which he purchased in 1964, and MCI Center, the $220 million arena he built with his own money and which opened in 1997.
He started the NHL Capitals expansion franchise in 1974, then sold it to local entrepreneur Ted Leonsis and others for $80 million in 1999. Pollin sold Leonsis and his investors an interest in the WNBA Mystics for $10 million in May.