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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
Posted by Ben Golliver


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

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2011 9:20 pm

Michael Jordan leads NBA owners: 50/50 too much

overpaying players by owners started when the 90's lockout negotiations push for higher contracts that are now today, it is now either pay them high or be cellar dweller. I think it is already a given David Stern is the anti christ of every nba lockout what do people expect he is old and nearing his term so i think he is resolve which way this goes. The players getting paid today are so over rated. I do not think they should get more. Yes i have to admit i sided with the players last time but seeing these rich spoiled rotten players buying cars, expensive jewelries and mansions. And more often than not they do not equal that to the amount they get. Case in point two detroit piston players, So if ever i really don't care much if the nba gets on this season. Bring on the college ball.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2011 9:14 pm

Michael Jordan leads NBA owners: 50/50 too much

Just a ploy by the owners to make 50/50 look better. I personaly couldn't care less about the lock out or if there is ever an NBA game played again.

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2011 9:14 pm

Michael Jordan leads NBA owners: 50/50 too much

Who cares.  Millions of americans are fighting to survive week by week.   The only reason I hope they settle is for all those make a living working at game day and all the small businesses.  The NBA and the players are tooo stupid to realize  one big thing.  If the fans dont show or buy the goods.  Players dont get paid and owners have no hope of making a profit.

Since: Apr 3, 2010
Posted on: November 4, 2011 9:11 pm

Michael Jordan leads NBA owners: 50/50 too much

Try living on 30 grand a year NBA players.  You got millions of dollars for playing a kids game, wtf!?  Now how about stop acting like kids.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2011 9:09 pm
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Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 9:02 pm

Michael Jordan leads NBA owners: 50/50 too much

Just get the NCAA basketball season started and call it a season for these over paid egotistical jerks. Bring on Sully and the Buckeyes and watch men play the game w/ enthusiasm and who actually get burns on their knees after diving for a ball. Only thing these guys will dive for anymore are the white woman. Wheres all the white woman be???

Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2011 8:57 pm

Michael Jordan leads NBA owners: 50/50 too much

When I read posts about the greed of the players, when did the players start paying themselves?  NBA owners started this by overpaying players and driving up contracts for the purpose of attempting to win games. It is the fault of the owners for bidding against themselves.  I also do not understand why so many people are so upset by how much money these players earn. Do you get upset when George Clooney receives 20 million dollars for just one movie? Do you get upset when the CEO of BofA receives a bonus of 5-10 million dollars per quarter? Are you upset when an ESPN anchor makes more than you do just for reading a teleprompter.  How many of you would be happy and thankful when your job tells you "we are cutting your wages because we are not responsible for running our company?"  Owners scout middle school players, and will do anything to win, but you all fault the players? 47% is TEN POINTS less than the last CBA. Would you take a pay cut of more than 10% of what you are now earning with a smile?  I will bet you will not. Since most of you are so much smarter than NBA players and so much more hard working, then you should be able to make so much more in wages than an sports athlete and not be so jealous of them. And for those that call players "THUGS", just stop speaking in code and let your racist comments come out. I am pretty sure that when that term is used, it is not directed a Steve Nash.  Think of it this way--You buy a car, you drive it home, then the dealer calls you and tells you that the price is now 10% more. They also tell you that if you do not pay, your vehicle will be taken away.  You all believe David Stern, the same guy that had a MAJOR gambling problem within the ranks of officials, tossed one under the bus, and protected others to protect the league????

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2011 8:47 pm

Michael Jordan leads NBA owners: 50/50 too much

Only ignorant fools defend the owners in this lockout.  People forget that it's a lockout instituted by the owners.

The players are the ones that have the talent, they are the stars in this league, not the owners who "run" the show.  The owners make billions, namely in the tens of billions of revenue off of the names on the back of the jersey's.  This isn't football where 53 men wear masks.  In this league, Lebron is worth more than most franchises.  That's not hyperbole, its fact.  Look how much money he's invested in with the Fenway Group.  The only reason people watch basketball is because of name recognition, star power, and elite talent. It's the players.

Most morons who go on this site to bash the players because they are black and rich, in many cases poorly educated, thus making them easy targets.  However; the owners are the ones that signed the poor stadium deals with the cities they are in, they are the ones that mismanaged at least 5 different franchises (Charlotte, Sacramento, New Orleans, Seattle before Clay fled to OKC, and Golden State) so badly they are nearly bankrupt.  The owners are the ones that agreed to bad player contracts in lieu of competition and are also the ones that hold a hard line on TV deals the players have almost no leverage in.

We live in a country where the average person making $35,000 a year think it's a good idea to drop taxes, thus making themselves even poorer on the margin when they don't understand that's it's taxes that pay for most of the services they use. All the while, their buying power drops and the income gap between rich and poor increases.  Yet, these people continue to support the multi-millionair / billionaires in the name of sheeplike uber capitalist mentality that bankrupts this nation.  Just like in the NBA, we're in store for major changes and it's not gonna be pretty.  But, it's not the players faults, they go to work on a daily basis, grinding to become stars that hold up the businesses, shop owners, and arenas that provide the jobs.  Meanwhile, the owners LOCK them out, fire their employees, reduce benefits leaguewide, dropping salaries by 20% across the board and get no blame. Only in America.

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 8:41 pm

Michael Jordan leads NBA owners: 50/50 too much

I agree with you concerning travelling but he is definatly in the tope 5!  I'm a Celtics fan.
I'm not sure why you are calling him classless - the fact of the matter is that the NBA is turning into the NHL from a few years ago.
These players think they are gods and they are simple minions and mostly stupid idiots.  They have no clue what they have and what they are losing - moronic drunken behavior. 

I suggest that they shut down the league for a year and see if anyone notices.  Bunch of thugs and wanting more - typical.

Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 8:33 pm

Michael Jordan leads NBA owners: 50/50 too much

Jordon is classless and by all accounts I just want to say this he is not the greatest basketball player to ever play.   Maybe a top 5.  Anyone who can get away with traveling like he did could score as many points

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