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Report: Michael Jordan leads the NBA hardline owners

Nov 4, 2011, 2:43 PM EST

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Back in 1998, during the last NBA lockout that cost regular season games, Michael Jordan the player stood up to then Wizards owner Abe Polin and said “If you can’t make a profit, you should sell your team.”

Now, 13 years later and on the other side of the table, Jordan can’t make a profit as an owner so he is leading the hardline owners pushing he players for more, reports Howard Beck at the New York Times.

Jordan owns the small-market Charlotte Bobcats and is in front of a hardline faction of owners that may not be a majority but is large enough to sway the process. Those owners are meeting with David Stern a several hours before the NBA labor talks resume at 4 p.m. Eastern Saturday in New York.

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.

Those same sources say no owner wans to more than a 50/50 split of basketball related income (BRI). That they will not go higher.

That is the counter to the players group that has threatened to start a decertification process if the union tries to offer anything below 52 percent BRI.

Yes, logic would say strike a 51/49 deal and get on with the season, but logic has never really been part of these labor negotiations. And it turns out, Jordan may be leading the biggest band of illogical fools.

  1. pftbillsfan - Nov 4, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    How dies a 51/49 split work at all. If the owners want 53% why would they go for 49% and see the players only reduce by 1%?

  2. savocabol1 - Nov 4, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    WHAT!!! I thought Dan Gilbert lead this??? (sarcasm font)

    • savocabol1 - Nov 4, 2011 at 3:14 PM

      *leads

  3. tdman21 - Nov 4, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it” MJ now vs. MJ 98

  4. danielcp0303 - Nov 4, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Another bad owner wanting more money…no way. Next you’re gonna tell me Robert Sarver is in on this too.

  5. Fred - Nov 4, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    1998 MJ was a pretty smart guy. Too bad he’s been so busy get parted from his money on the golf course that he hasn’t found the time to develop a coherent business model for his franchise.

  6. stoudemiretotherim - Nov 4, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    well..it seems the players are in a tough position negotiating against MJ. MJ the player or MJ the owner is still MJ the competitor.

  7. goforthanddie - Nov 4, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Why in God’s name is Jordan an owner, besides his name? They’ve had cash issues since he took over (and before, I know…)

    • mike017329 - Nov 4, 2011 at 9:12 PM

      what qualification is needed other than being super rich?

  8. eshine76 - Nov 4, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    Isn’t this the same guy who drafted Kwame Brown with the #1 overall pick?

  9. brooklynbulls - Nov 4, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    The first time that I see a comment board not overwhelmingly siding with the owners, is when a black owner is profiled. Now people point out the issues of efficiently running your team so that you’re not losing money. Now its about accountability…

    • thetooloftools - Nov 4, 2011 at 10:15 PM

      I agee with Mike.
      [I know you were talking about me because I’m the only one here who makes any sense of this mess].
      Hold my mirror while I flex.
      OWNERS BABY !

  10. jimeejohnson - Nov 4, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    This must be where the expression “it’s all about the money” comes from!

  11. piperworm - Nov 4, 2011 at 11:29 PM

    greatest player to ever play the game, but also one of it’s biggest db’s. i’m not sure where people got the idea he was all that intelligent. every other thing he has ever attempted to do was pretty much a wash at best, and as an overall human being he’s been pretty much an epic failure. he could sure play the game and collect those checks, but like the rest of his life he’s been a pretty big b@tch when it’s his turn to pay up…..

  12. rreducla1 - Nov 5, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    tool,

    Time to man up and change your handle to “trolloftrolls”

    Truth in advertising, baby.

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