Michael Jordan is by far the greatest basketball player of all time, but based on how the NBA has recently cracked down, he may not necessarily be the best business man.
Yesterday, the NBA fined the Los Angeles Clippers for breaking the league’s long standing anti-circumvention rules with DeAndre Jordan. Reportedly, the Clippers offered Jordan a bevy of gifts and incentives worth a nice penny of $200,000. Following the crack down on the Clippers, the NBA decided to come for Michael Jordan, announcing that the same policy extends to sneaker deals as well.
What does that mean for the greatest basketball player of all time? It means that he no longer has executive rights to decide which players get an Air Jordan endorsement. I consider this a wack move, since most newly drafted players would kill for a Jordan endorsement.
Although it sucks because Jordan owns the Charlotte Hornets, the NBA strongly feels that it would create a conflict of interest by enticing players to sign for the wrong reasons and to be honest, as much as we hate to admit it, the NBA’s probably right. Being affiliated and/or aligned with or next to Jordan will make anyone fan or not do things without thinking straight.
It’s funny considering MJ just made the news after winning the recent lawsuit against Dominick’s grocery chain and that he’s back in the news this week, but this time taking an L. Hopefully, this rare L won’t hurt his pockets too much.
What do you think? Do you, considering MJ’s legacy and all that he’s done for the game of basketball, think they could of let him slide or do you think the NBA was 100% fair in their decision?
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