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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: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 7:22 pm

Michael Jordan leads NBA owners: 50/50 too much

Can we just say that greed has to stop. Maybe the 1% on Wall St should tell the NBA players that as the .001%, they should be embarrassed.

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2011 7:17 pm

Michael Jordan leads NBA owners: 50/50 too much

why dont the owners just start over?  when the union decertifies, the players will all be 'free agents,' so to speak.  the players wont need a collective bargaining agreement because the players will not have a group representing them.  the owners can fund the pension for former and current players at whatever percentage they want.

there are MILLIONS of players willing to play for a fraction of what lebron, wade, garnett and whomever play for.  sooner or later, another lebron will surface and maybe the new crop of players can learn to play defense...  

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2011 7:15 pm

Michael Jordan leads NBA owners: 50/50 too much

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. 
  it isn't that the NBA model is broken. That market is broken. That market failed when the Hornets were there and they relocated to a different market. So whose bright idea was it to put another franchise in a market that already failed? So again, is the problem the current model or the fact that there are too many teams that are in markets that don't belong owned by owners who have no business owning a franchise in the first place. Everyone seems to think that if the owner's get everything they want in a new CBA, that 30 LeBron James' or Kobe Bryants are going to fall from the sky and land in every market. The bottom line is, even if the talent were spread evenly across the league, there just isn't enough top talent to go around. Contraction is the only real solution.

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 7:09 pm

Michael Jordan leads NBA owners: 50/50 too much

This was a brilliant strategic move by the owners.

Overall, this situaiton may be the one time in the history of sports that I agree with the owners in a situation like this. 

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 7:06 pm

Michael Jordan leads NBA owners: 50/50 too much

....what do all u you guys who are shitting on the players do when u tune into an NBA game?......the players!.......i dont tune in to watch the owners or care how much concessions they sold.....i watch teh game and the game is played by the players!....if the owners dont want to ponie up sell the team and do other shit.......i'd rather the players get paid than the owners........

Since: Mar 19, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 7:02 pm

Michael Jordan leads NBA owners: 50/50 too much

I think one should remember that for the players, playing basket ball is their job.  That's how they make their money.  For the owners, owning a team is their hobby. Not one of the present owners  made their money owning a team. The owners have a team for the same reason that the average Joe has a fantasy team, because its fun. Nobody expects to make money with their hobby. If an owner desn't want to lose money playing bigshot basketball team owner, then don't buy a team. Get a different hobby, collect stamps, it's cheaper. 

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2011 6:58 pm

Michael Jordan leads NBA owners: 50/50 too much

Well I don't believe players should get a 50/50 split unless they help pay the rent on the arenas or the salaries of the concessionaires that run these stadiums and arenas. Let them go to work at something they are truly trained for ...flipping burgers at McDonalds or Burger King. Quite honestly I don't miss the NBA as all of their games are pretty much fixed on any given night. And college basketball is a much better product with out all the whining for phantom fouls. Fuck these over paid fucking whiners, see you at your new jobs, will you take my order please.

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2011 6:40 pm

Michael Jordan leads NBA owners: 50/50 too much

Great reply by AES ... One thing he forgot to mention about David Stern is that he also was the ring leader in rigging NBA drafts.  The first lottery drafts were large envelopes loaded into a huge metal wire wheel in which Stern would place his hand into the machine and pull out an envelope.  Imagine your state lottery drawing being held this way....whats that? can't imagine something so corrupt?...Well believe it, because that is how the NBA's draft order was determined for years. The Patrick Ewing draft was rigged.  The Knick envelope was chemically treated to be cold to the touch...all David Stern had to do was make sure the Knick envelope was pulled to be the #1 pick and he had the best college player of that year going to the largest market.

Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: November 4, 2011 6:39 pm

Michael Jordan leads NBA owners: 50/50 too much

'hate society for being so capitalistic' - That has to be one of the stupidest statements I have seen so far.  Capitalism, personal freedom, and individual liberty have made the USA great and prosperous. While socialist and communist countries wallow in misery.

What we have here is player greed at the highest levels I have ever seen.  Most of the owners/teams lost money last year, however, not one single player lost a penny.  These team owners have bent over backwards and have went well beyond what they should be offering to a bunch of whiny thugs who play a game.  The league, teams, and owners have their financial butts on the line.

We need to cut all players salaries by 30%, offer a split of 65/35, that is 35% for players which is still to much, and install salary caps. 
If the greedy damn players do not like that they can go play their game in Turkey or Greece, good luck getting a big salary overseas.  Then the NBA can have a bigger, more robust draft next year and start all over.  Draft college players that want to play the GAME and this will allow teams to lower ticket prices so the average fan can actually go afford to go to a game without selling an organ.


Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: November 4, 2011 6:31 pm

Michael Jordan leads NBA owners: 50/50 too much

If the players want the controlling interest so much , why dont they start yjeir own league. They are getting paid lots to play a game,  DO IT!!

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