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CAPS, BULLETS TO MERGE UNDER NEW "WASHINGTON SPORTS" GROUP
Published July 28, 1995
Prior to the groundbreaking of his new arena in downtown DC this fall, Abe Pollin will merge the business aspects of his sports holdings into one entity, THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY has learned. That entity will be called "Washington Sports" and will be headed by Susan O'Malley. Pollin started a consolidation effort last year when sponsorship sales for his teams were brought together under Capitol Region Sports Marketing. In describing the outline of the new changes, Bullets Dir of Public Relations Matt Williams said it was a "first step in a streamlining process" prior to moving into the new building. In addition to the two teams, the Centre Group, which manages operations at USAir Arena, Baltimore Arena and the Patriot Center will also fall under Washington Sports. O'Malley will remain as President of the Bullets, while Wes Unseld, presently Exec VP of the Bullets, will add the No. 2 position at Washington Sports to his duties. The basketball and hockey operations will not be changed, meaning Capitals President Dick Patrick will continue to oversee the "hockey side" of Pollin's business. While the change is aimed at "streamlining" business operations, Williams said there have been no decisions made yet on the elimination or merging of positions on the staffs of the the two teams (THE DAILY).