MICHAEL JORDAN TURNED DOWN A $100 MILLION DEAL FOR A 2-HOUR APPEARANCE: “He’s very, very selective in the things he wants to be involved in”

Throughout the years, Michael Jordan made a name for himself as one of the most lucrative athletes of all-time. On top of his brilliance on the basketball court, Jordan continued with making smart business decisions after his career ended. It’s fair to say Jordan was a great ambassador for all the brands he was representing during his playing days; however, he built his business empire intelligently and became a household name for success among athletes around the world.

Jordan’s agent David Falk worked closely with Jordan for years and witnessed several lucrative deals he turned down just only because he is Michael Jordan. In an interview for WFAN’s “Boomer and Gio,” Falk mentioned there was a deal worth $100 million on the table to make an appearance and announce the deal, but he turned it down. Something that Falk admires about Jordan is the fact he is so successful that he has the ultimate power to do whatever he wants and turn down such profitable deals. 

“I brought him a deal three years ago for $100 million. All he had to do was, other than giving his name and likeness, make one two-hour appearance to announce the deal, and he turned it down. God bless him. He’s been so successful, it gives him an opportunity to do whatever the hell he wants or not to do things he doesn’t want. I really admire that. He’s very, very selective in the things he wants to be involved in.”

David Falk, via WFAN Radio

The concept of money and its worth for people like Jordan is entirely different than to 99 percent of other people. Falk remembered a game of golf in which Jordan lost $150,000 and didn’t worry about it at all because he can easily make money in multiple ways.

“If he loses $150,000 playing golf, big freaking deal. If I told him tomorrow, ‘Hey, I’ve got an appearance for you for five minutes for $150,000,’ he’d laugh at me. If it was $1,500,000, he wouldn’t do it.”

David Falk, via WFAN Radio

Even though Jordan proved to be a great businessman, it’s also well-known gambling is his vice that cost him a lot of money throughout his career. That is where his competitive nature kicks, and people close to him said Jordan would bet anything he played. Falk admits Jordan lost a lot of money gambling but is frustrated because, in his mind, there is a lot of conspiracy created by the media on how severe it was back in the day.

“So yes, he lost money in gambling, and it sort of had a little bit of a black eye for five minutes. He apologized, and the thing went away. But any of these Oliver Stone conspiracy theories that somehow it pushed him out of basketball were ridiculous.”

David Falk, via WFAN Radio

Jordan’s competitive fire is one of the main reasons behind his success in sports but also the need to create a game within a game to make it more interesting. He would often place bets against other players during basketball, golf, and even table tennis matches he played in. These bets often included a lot of money, and Jordan didn’t have any problem in getting himself involved because he knew he could back it up.