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Bobcats Owner Michael Jordan signing for fans in Lake Tahoe

Michael Jordan, the six-time NBA Champion, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and one-time NCAA Champion, can now add yet another historical accomplishment to his unbelievable list of accolades.

On March 17, Jordan became the first former player to gain majority ownership stake in a league franchise, when his purchase of the Charlotte Bobcats was approved by the NBA Board of Governors.

The 47-year old held a minority share of the Bobcats prior to the completion of the sale.  He also served as managing member of basketball operations for the team.

Jordan can be spotted courtside at Time Warner Cable Arena, the Bobcats’ home venue, during many of the club’s home games.

Jordan grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina.  He hopes to inject both success and enthusiasm into a franchise still seeking a true identity within his home state. The playoff bound Bobcats have yet to gain a strong fan following since their inception in 2004.

Jordan previously served as President of Basketball Operations for the Washington Wizards.  His tenure is most remembered for the ill conceived drafting of Kwame Brown, with the first pick of the 2001 NBA Draft.

As the leader of the Bobcats, Jordan hopes to rekindle the success of his playing career, not his managerial miscues. He is accompanied by fellow North Carolina alum, Coach Larry Brown.

MJ is notorious for being one of the most competitive people on Earth.  Once his playing career concluded, he has tried to find many outlets for his thirst for winning.   

Golf has always been a source of enjoyment for the legend.  Below are two pieces of video from the 2008 American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe. The site is the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

The moving pictures show Jordan signing autographs for his still robust legion of fans.


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Jon Rapoport has spent his career working on all sides of the media and sports industry. He began his career at ESPN in studio production at the ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. While there, he won an Emmy for his contribution to "SportsCenter." Following his tenure at ESPN, Jon relocated to Los Angeles, joining the staff of the “Best Damn Sports Show” on FOX Sports Net.

Upon leaving the show, Jon worked in Web site and sports radio show development/production, with Major League Baseball in media operation logistics for the World Baseball Classic and on behalf of Los Angeles’ effort to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics back to Southern California. Jon currently writes a political blog for the Los Angeles edition of

Born and raised in Plymouth, Minnesota (just outside of Minneapolis), Jon is an avid sports fan, particularly for his beloved Minnesota teams. Jon graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned his BA in communication and interned for ABC’s “Good Morning America” in New York City and Washington D.C. He is married and resides in Los Angeles.  

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