When most people think about Michael Jordan, they think about him as the greatest basketball player who ever played. However, Jordan was not only a basketball player, but someone who influenced the American culture and society. Jordan’s influence was one that had never been seen before. Whether it was through basketball or his own brand, Jordan was making everyone want “to be like Mike”. Through Michael Jordan’s athletic success on the court, he was able to make himself and his brand into a cultural icon, which had a great impact on the game of basketball, fashion, marketing, and the economy in America.
Henri Membertou was born around 1510 close to what is modern day Annapolis Royal and passed away so September 11 1611. He was the leader of the Mi’kmaq First Nations band which was located near Port Royal and was the first native to be baptized on 18 September 1611 at Annapolis Royal.
Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. was born in Michigan in August of 1959. He went to high school at Everett high school and went to Michigan State University. Magic Johnson was a famous basketball player for 12 years. Johnson was a very good basketball player. He retired from basketball and became a businessman. He owns multiple franchises and some real estate. He then was diagnosed with HIV.
It is without a doubt that Michael Jordan is the greatest of all time when it comes to basketball. His brand, Air Jordan, carries his legacy as it is known worldwide as the icon for basketball. Almost anyone can recognize the brands logo, the stick figure rising for a dunk with its legs spread out. Whether it's sneakers, clothing or even items such as jewelry, the Air Jordan brand has taken over the market for athletic sportswear. Air Jordan has created a culture of collecting shoes and became a lifestyle for many. The world famous basketball brand has had many controversies throughout its years. The huge controversy of the creation of the first sneaker and violence over Air
John Updike grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania, just across the river from the city of Reading (Cole). Last month, the Reading High School boys’ basketball team won their first-ever state championship. Students and residents alike all came together to root for their Red Knights and the team pulled off the biggest win of their lives. This gritty city celebrated something positive for a change, and the players took their place in the school’s history. In John Updike’s poem, “Ex-Basketball Player,” the darker part of a similar story is told. In this poem, the speaker is a big admirer of former high school basketball star Flick Webb. However, by the end, the reader and the speaker
Lebron Raymone James is the greatest basketball player of all time. He is the son of Gloria Marie James. Lebron received national attention as one of the top high school basketball players in the United States. He was born December 30, 1984 in Akron, Ohio. He was recruited by St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in 1998, and he joined their team and played in the 1999-2000 season. James had a passion for football and he loved the game, but his talents was better at basketball, so he gave up football and went even harder on the hardwood floor.
Chicago had a unique opportunity this baseball season. They had the power to make baseball cool again. A power shift capable of altering the future of the sport. Instead they blew it. Every year the Cubs fail to reach the world series; youth baseball becomes a little less popular. A tragedy that is becoming harder and harder to stomach.
The ESPN documentary “Broke” explains that players made bad investments and made payments to relatives and friends only to see their money quickly disappear (“NFL Salaries”). An example of child support causing a professional athlete to go broke is that Travis Henry, a NFL player, spends $170,000 yearly on child support for nine children (“Why NFL Players Really Go Bankrupt”). This amount of money spent on child support, can put a significant hole in even the richest person’s pocket. Aside from child support, some athletes are left to the debt of divorce. Divorce puts a strain on individuals because not only do they have to give their spouse part of their belongings, but, they are also left with paying all of the legal fees ( “5 Reasons Why”). Last, but not least, supporting family members can cause a professional athlete to become broke. Family members of professional athletes feel like when the athlete goes pro, that the athlete should take care of them. Athletes that succumb to this end up losing a significant amount of their earnings. Luther Elliss, a player from the Detroit Lions, was over generous with his money by helping his family members pay for weddings and landscaping (“Why NFL Players Really Go Bankrupt”). Helping family members seem like the right thing to do, but professional athletes must be careful not to overdo
Schools use their athletes for advertisements in an attempt to increase ticket sales for athletics or to increase enrollment. The NCAA would also use players images in products such as videogames in an effort to make money. Former UCLA basketball player Ed O 'Bannon realized this was not right and in 2014, he filed a lawsuit against the NCAA requesting compensation. John Stevens, an author for the Associated Press, states the details of the case when he says “In a case led by former UCLA basketball star Ed O 'Bannon, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken blocks the NCAA from making rules that deny players the right to compensation when their images are used commercially, for example, in video games and telecasts. Her ruling could allow some players to receive as much as $20,000 when they leave school. The NCAA has appealed.” The NCAA had one simple solution to this problem and that was to remove player images from all commercial use. This has resulted in the cancellation of popular videogames such as ‘NCAA Football’ or ‘NCAA Basketball’ and is also resulted in the removal of names from all NCAA athletic apparel sold to the public such as jerseys. To say that NCAA teams make their schools millions of dollars is an understatement. USA Today and Stanley Eitzen calculated how much money National Basketball League Hall of Fame member and former Georgetown basketball player Patrick Ewing made Georgetown during his college career. The article, titled Slaves of Big-Time College Sports, states “...[A]n analysis of the economic impact of basketball star Patrick Ewing to Georgetown University during his four years there in the early 1980s shows that he brought more than $12,000,000 to the school (a tripling of attendance, increased television revenues, and qualifying for the NCAA tournament each year). Meanwhile, the cost to Georgetown for Ewing 's services totaled $48,600--providing a
Yes, athletes get paid too much. For example LeBron James made $ 71 million last year alone. Most athletes make at least $ 2-5 million each year. The average family income is only $54,000. Why do we make so much less for working when all they do is play a game.
“I’ve failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed” (MJ). Michael with no doubt left the NBA as one of the greatest players to ever play the game of basketball. Now the question I’m gonna answer is who is better between Jordan and Kareem. Both players are well known players on and off the court but when it comes down to the best of the best MJ wins. Michael Jordan is a superior player to kareem because of his success on and off the court.