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NBA LABOR PAINS III: JORDAN SPEAKS OUT
Published June 21, 1995
Appearing on "Larry King Live" last night, Michael Jordan addressed the current labor situation. Jordan: "There is a lot of confusion right now with the whole collective bargaining agreement. I think what the players are really asking -- and I'm one of those players -- is to be informed of what's going on. Once we're informed, then we can make decisions based on that. Right now, we're being kept in the dark. I think that's an unfair position for anyone to be in." Jordan, asked why he wouldn't be able to pick up the phone and call NBPA head Simon Gourdine: "You would think that would be the logical thing, but that hasn't happened." On rumors of a pending agreement: "That's the problem, because we don't really know what's going on and I guess what I'm saying is that we won't know until this thing is signed. ... A lot of his players may not have the same viewpoints. I think we should be given an opportunity to make those viewpoints." Jordan said he didn't think there would be a work stoppage: "You've got a very profitable situation in NBA basketball, I think both sides have been very profitable in this situation. I think an agreement could be -- and should be -- easily reached fairly without having lockouts or strikes. ... I'd hate to see that happen, but at the same time, I'd hate to give up something we are certainly entitled to" (CNN, 6/20). MICHAEL & CO.: In Chicago, Lacy Banks reports that Jordan feels that he and other "marquee" players should receive "extra compensation for the extra impact they have on TV ratings, attendance, team and league advertising and the league's lucrative licensing industry." Sources say that Jordan and his agent, David Falk, attempted to contact Gourdine on their proposal, but that Gourdine "was not receptive" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 6/21).