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BATTLE BETWEEN POLLIN AND BET'S JONHSON CEASES
Published January 5, 1995
Black Entertainment Television President Robert Johnson yesterday ended his opposition to building a publicly funded arena in downtown Washington, DC, now that Capitals and Bullets owner Abe Pollin has agreed to pay for the construction himself. Johnson: "The world turned upside down when Pollin agreed to pay for the arena construction. They should have gone private in the first place. ... We're not looking for hooks to bring the deal down." Johnson went on to say that he would stop efforts on Capitol Hill and elsewhere to block the deal, now regarding it as "very good" for the District (Howard Schneider, WASHINGTON POST, 1/5). Should Pollin need help in funding the $180M arena, Johnson offered financial assistance. In exchange, however, he would want the chance to buy the Bullets -- a team that Pollin has repeatedly said that he is not interested in selling (Jeanne Dewey, WASHINGTON TIMES, 1/5).