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Michael Jordan Program Historic - Rookie - 1st Game Wearing Nike Air Jordans For Sale
Thisprogram is the most historic program in Nike Sneaker and Air Jordan history as this was the first game that Michael Jordan began to wear his Air Jordan sneakers. Below is an article with regards to the fines and history of Michael wearing the sneakers. This program is also one of Jordans first games as an NBA pro. This pre season game was played 10/15/85 at the Glens Falls Civic Center in New York. The program is completely unscored and in original outstanding condition. I doubt if there are many of these programs still around, especially since this was a pre season game where the arena only held a few thousand fans as compared to a facility that holds 20,000. Buyer agrees to pay $6.00 shipping within the US and $9.00 to Canada.
Who doesn’t love Air Jordans? They’re favorites of everyone from basketball players to the fashion conscious. When the shoes first hit the market, though, they had a high-profile naysayer: NBA Commissioner David Stern.
Nike released the first design of its instant-classic line of Air Jordan sneakers on September 15, 1985. On October 18th of that year, Stern officially barred Michael Jordan from wearing his signature kicks during games. Stern wasn’t just being an arbiter of fashion, though. He banned the shoes because their vibrant red-and-black color scheme didn’t match the shoes and jerseys that the rest of Jordan’s Chicago Bulls teammates were wearing.
If anyone could defy the most powerful commissioner in American sports, it was Jordan. His Airness continued to take the court in Air Jordans. Stern responded by fining Jordan $5,000 for each game he wore the shoes. A $5,000 fine sounds like pocket change in today’s NBA, but over an 82-game regular season it would add up to $410,000 in fines against Jordan’s salary of $630,000.
The fines really didn’t matter to Jordan, though, because Nike paid them. The hoopla around Stern’s smackdown on the shoes helped propel their sales to previously unimaginable levels. Nike even used the ban as the basis for an ad:
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Michael Jordan Program Historic - Rookie - 1st Game Wearing Nike Air Jordans: $200