Michael Jordan Once Turned Down $100 Million USD for a Two-Hour Appearance
Though Michael Jordan has retired from the NBA 18 years ago, the athlete still remains one of the world’s most prolific influencers in the world. Having made his mark with the Jordan Brand, his talents and business acumen have transcended generations. It comes as no surprise that fans from all over the world admire MJ and would jump at any chance to meet or even catch of glimpse of the superstar.
In a recent podcast, Jordan’s former agent David Falk talked about the time when the six-time NBA Champion declined a hard-to-top offer to attend a one-day golf event for just two hours:
“[Jordan] turned down a deal to do a one-day golf appearance when he was in Asia a few years ago for a pre-season game with Charlotte. And some woman in the Philippines offered me $7 million dollars [USD] for one day, wanted him to play in a golf tournament. And he turned it down. I brought him a deal three years ago for $100 million [USD}. And all he had to do, other than give his name and likeness, was make one two-hour appearance to announce the deal. And he turned it down.”
Falk did say, however, that it was difficult to convince Jordan to make such an appearance since money was never the most prominent incentive. With the Jordan Brand as one of the most highly-coveted brands in the world and his recent purchase of the Charlotte Hornets, money is not an aspect the athlete ever needs to worry about. If it is anything that this tidbit has taught fans, it is that Jordan still remains exclusive with where he puts his time and money.