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Michael Jordan leads NBA owners: 50/50 too much

Posted on: November 4, 2011 2:23 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2011 2:44 pm
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Posted by Ben Golliver

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Just when you thought that the possible decertificiation of the National Basketball Players Association was the biggest threat to the 2011-2012 NBA season, the Greatest Basketball Player Of All Time is reportedly stepping into the forefront, reminding everyone that the world of hoops still revolves around him.

NBA legend Michael Jordan, the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, is reportedly leading a band of owners who believe that a 50/50 split of Basketball-Related Income is too much for the owners to give up.

The New York Times has the details.
The owners’ faction includes between 10 and 14 owners and is being led by Charlotte’s Michael Jordan, according to a person who has spoken with the owners. That group wanted the players’ share set no higher than 47 percent, and it was upset when league negotiators proposed a 50-50 split last month.

According to the person who spoke with the owners, Jordan’s faction intends to vote against the 50-50 deal, if negotiations get that far. Saturday’s owners meeting was arranged in part to address that concern.

A majority of the 29 owners are believed to support a 50-50 deal, but they are reluctant to move further. “There’s no one who’s interested in going above 50 percent,” said the person who has spoken with the owners.

Assuming the report's accurary, it's a fairly stunning about-face for Jordan. In 1998, just 13 years ago, Jordan famously told Abe Pollin, then owner of the Washington Wizards, that he should sell his team if he can't make a profit, rather than take a "hard stand" against the players. Fourteen years later, with the situation reversed, Jordan now so embodies hard-line ownership that he has become the group's public face. 

Removing Jordan from this equation, you don't have to read too far between the lines to see what's happening.

This is the ownership's response to the idea that the threat of decertification might serve as leverage to improve the owners' offer to players during Saturday's negotiating session. It produces a clear choice for the players: Take a 50/50 split, which you say that you don't want, because it will be the best offer made, period. And, please, consider the fact that there is a large, vocal minority pushing the offer back the other direction if you decide not to accept it. In other words, this information attempts to incentivize the players to cave now rather than to cave later. It appeals to any insecurity they might have about the direction of the negotiations, presents 50/50 as a reasonable alternative to the season-spiking chaos that goes along with decertification, and attempts to extinguish any hope that 52.5 percent, or even 51 percent, is a future possibility.

That Jordan has become the front man for all of this could very well end up taking some of the luster off his pristine reputation as the years pass. Or, it could get swept under the rug like many of his other transgressions. His motiviations are clear enough. the Bobcats struggle to win games, struggle to sell tickets and struggle to generate revenue. They can make a better case than most teams that the NBA's current model is broken. 

But the Bobcats' struggles will be lost in the shadow that Jordan's legend inevitably casts over everything in his vicinity. Each individual NBA player -- whether he's attended regional meetings, negotiating sessions, or not -- must now process the fact that the man many of them hold up as an idol on the court now clearly sits on the other side of the room in the current labor battle.

It's one thing to negotiate against NBA commissioner David Stern. It's quite another to know that Stern is the good guy trying to hold the greatest to ever lace them up in check. You couldn't blame NBA players if they felt deflated after reading this. Negotiating against lawyers is bad enough. Negotiating against your hero is damn near impossible. 

Hat tip: Kelly Dwyer, Ball Don't Lie
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Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2011 4:33 pm
 

Michael Jordan leads NBA owners: 50/50 too much

Sorry, the point was this.. Jordan has always been about him.  He's never given a rat's ass about anyone else ever.  His wife.. nope, he cheated on her.. his kids, nope.. sorry.. he was more worried about himself when he was out humping anything with a pulse & gambling.  His teammates... nope.. a means to an end.. the sport.. nope.. just a way to get paid.  He may have cared about his father.. but I doubt it.



Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Michael Jordan leads NBA owners: 50/50 too much

Twocoach... that's the point the writer is trying to make... that his former life is all the current players think about.. and they hero worship him.. now realizing that he is working against them in his new life.. that can be a tough pill to swallow.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2011 4:19 pm
 

Michael Jordan leads NBA owners: 50/50 too much

Glad you supplied us with that critical information, mowse. Why don't give the dog a treat and take it for a walk? Get away from the keyboard for awhile.



Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 4:18 pm
 

Michael Jordan leads NBA owners: 50/50 too much

The proverbial shoe is on the other foot for Jordan.  Now as owner, he has had a chance to see the financial impact the blood sucking leaches, I mean players, have on the organization.

In any business scenario, ownership has to have 51% or more to be the majority stake holder..........otherwise the players own and run the team.  I say let the players attempt to own and run the organizations they play for....it will be a huge failure.

I was a fan of MJ as a player, as a person, he is just as egotistical as the worst offenders in the NBA today as far as I can tell. 




Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Michael Jordan leads NBA owners: 50/50 too much

Who cares?.......counting the days until NCAA basketball starts..


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Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 4:05 pm
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Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2011 3:45 pm
 

Michael Jordan leads NBA owners: 50/50 too much

40-40-10 Actually that would sell to many players since they can't do Math. I agree: 10 or 20% back to the fans. That would be fair.

I get what Jordan is saying. If we want hoops in Charlotte and other outposts then costs must be kept down. Lakers/ Celts will thrive no matter what. But 50% or less is not unreasonable considering players only need to play. Owners cover all expenses. Covering all expenses in Charlotte or New Orleans can be costly without full arenas every night.

But a 1 or 2% swing one way or the other is not that significant.

Get it done! 50% 51% whatever! Get it done..





Since: Apr 18, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 3:40 pm
 

Michael Jordan leads NBA owners: 50/50 too much

This line made me laugh, is it a joke?

"That Jordan has become the front man for all of this could very well end up taking some of the luster off his pristine reputation as the years pass. Or, it could get swept under the rug like many of his other transgressions."

This does not take any luster from MJ's rep. It is not a transgression - what a load of ****. Jordan and the owners are correct. NBA players 
;were significantly overpaid under the recently expired CBA. They are the workforce and the product they put on the floor does not bring in enough revenue to cover their salaries and all of the other expenses that go into running a franchise. The players either need to figure out a way to make more $$$ for their employers or they need to take a significant paycut. Plain and simple.



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Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 3:37 pm
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Since: Feb 12, 2010
Posted on: November 4, 2011 3:36 pm
 

Michael Jordan leads NBA owners: 50/50 too much

To all the players who think the owners will cave, remember, the game is bigger than you.  Everyone is replacable.   Look at the NCAA tournament.  Most of the talent is way below NBA standards.   Put it on tv and people will watch it if it's marketed correctly.   And my guess is it's cheaper and easier for the owners to market a lesser product than it is for them to pay you so much that  they can't make a buck.

I would love to see a fair payment system for players -- where the best get exorbitant salaries, where the average get average salaries, where veterans are paid for their experience, where great team play is rewarded, where out of shape injured players get bupkiss.   And I'd love to see people paid for their performance the way people in the workforce are.  You have a great year, you get an amazing bonus.  You stink it up, you get a contract minimum.    No guarantees, long term contracts, etc.   

And a system where every market can compete, is a good one.  I'm tired of seeing large market teams use their extra cash to buy a winner.    I hate what's happened in places like Miami and Los Angeles.   But the NBA has loved it because it's so easy to market a winner-- even if you stack the deck.   So to the owners, you want it cheaper, great.  Learn how to market a less attractive product.   And to the players-- kiss the ground that you were bless with talent and live in an era where that is so richly rewarded and take whatever they're offerning now, because it won't get any better. 


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