Detroiters Wait in Line a Week for New Air Jordans

Fans endured rain, heat and humidity for a chance to plop down $250 for a pair of the commemorative sneakers on Saturday.

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Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan watches Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Miami Heat during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Time Warner Cable Arena April 28, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C.

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Detroit may be bankrupt and jobs may be scarce, but some diehard Air Jordan fans waited on line for about a week for a chance to spend $250 on a new pair of the commemorative sneakers on Saturday, CBS Detroit reports.

Young men began camping outside sneaker emporium Burn Rubber in downtown Royal Oak, Mich., on Monday, the site reports.

Their goal was to scoop up a pair of Air Jordan 6 Retros that honor Michael Jordan, the former Chicago Bulls player, entrepreneur and principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets. The shoes boast a special graphic on the back heel to commemorate the six biggest victories of Jordan’s storied career, according to Nike.com.

“He’s legendary; these will be legendary,” Jason Thurmand, 28, of Detroit, told CBS.

Indeed, Jordan is a legendary basketball player. He is also fast becoming a legendary entrepreneur. Just this past week, Forbes announced that he became a member of the billionaires’ club. Much of that is generated by a lucrative partnership with Nike because he receives a percentage of each of his branded basketball shoes that Nike sells. Forbes says “the original five-year deal was worth $500,000 annually, plus royalties. The royalties now generate more than $60 million annually for MJ.”

Read more at CBS Detroit.

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