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NETS PRESIDENT RESIGNS, SOURCES SAY HE WAS NOT FORCED OUT
Published September 1, 1995
Nets President Jon Spoelstra, whose marketing programs helped the team set box-office records, resigned yesterday. In this morning's N.Y. TIMES, Mike Wise reports that Spoelstra sometimes clashed "with an ownership resistant to change" and may have upset some owners with his "candidness." Two Nets officials said Spoelstra was not forced out. Spoelstra had pushed for the Nets to change their name, to either Swamp Dragons or Fire Dragons, but ownership nixed the change at the last minute. Spoelstra, "frustrated" with "the malaise that he felt permeated the franchise," also sent a memo to ownership criticizing player personnel decisions. Spoelstra, without a contract since March, had expected to sign a more lucrative pact and was disappointed when the Nets delayed (N.Y. TIMES, 9/1).