Finally, A Michael Jackson Connection To The NFL

We haven’t mentioned the passing of Michael Jackson because we had no interest in clearing a couple hundred comments asking, “What does this have to do with football?”  Plus, the wall-to-wall coverage on the cable news network — and the preemption of The Office and 30 Rock — caused us to conclude that more than enough is being said about him in other contexts.
But, as a reader points out, there’s a connection between Jackson and the NFL.
And we’re not simply talking about his lip-synching at halftime of Super Bowl XXVII.  (There’s also a second part.)
It’s possible that Jackson’s 1984 Victory tour contributed in part to the Patriots’ trio of Super Bowl trophies.
Former Pats owner Billy Sullivan took a huge financial bath as producer of the tour.  Two years later, Chuck Sullivan paid $18 million for Jackson’s merchandising rights over a five-year period.
After the NFL blocked the Sullivans from selling stock in the team in an effort to raise money, the Patriots were sold to Victor Kiam in 1988.
Kiam then sold the team to James Busch Orthwein in 1992, who promptly sold it to Robert Kraft in 1994.
And the Krafts have made the Patriots into one of the premier franchises in the NFL.
So all you New England fans who now have a football team about which you can be proud might want to be thankful that the Sullivans lost so much money on Jackson’s concert tour from 25 years ago.

56 responses to “Finally, A Michael Jackson Connection To The NFL

  1. Yawn.
    Knocking the Office off of the air is the only impact this had on my life. I game to PFT today so I wouldn’t have to read about this Pedi.
    Can’t we talk about Favre’s purple underwear or something remotely interesting?

  2. To be clear, the tour belonged to the Jacksons, not just Michael. He was there to lend support, since his brothers wanted to piggyback on his Thriller success. Although I am not specifically doing so, it can be argued that Michael himself did not fail, but everyone else involved with the tour did.

  3. Kiam didn’t sell to Kraft, he sold to Orthwein, and when he couldn’t move the Pats to St. Louis, he then sold to Kraft. Orthwein also was the one who hired Parcells.

  4. If you couldn’t make money producing Jackson’s 84 tour, that says a lot about your business acumen.
    That was the peak of his career.

  5. Thanks for the opening for sane people everywhere to rail against this child-molesting, hatchet-faced, has-been freak show…

  6. He didn’t die of a heart attack. It was food poisoning from eating an 11 year old weiner.

  7. I was at the Superbowl when Michel Jackson performed, and I was amazed how everyone was mesmerized when he was on stage. During the entire game people were constantly talking, moving around and not paying real close attention to the game,(even before it became a blow out).
    When MJ started his show the entire Rosebowl audience of 101,000 people froze and was attentive until it was over. I had never seen anything like that before or since, it always amazed me that one person could command that much power.

  8. “So all you New England fans who now have a football team about which you can be proud might want to be thankful that the Sullivans lost so much money on Jackson’s concert tour from 25 years ago.”
    ^^^^^
    A bit of a reach. It’s easy to forget now what a disgraceful stint Kiam had as owner (1-15 season, locker room sex scandal) and that Orthswine would have moved the team to St. Louis if Kraft, who owned Foxboro Stadium, had allowed him to break the lease.
    If you had asked any Patriot fan in 1992 if it was more likely that the team would win three Super Bowl trophies eventually or would move to St. Louis, most would have gone with the latter. Let’s keep things in perspective.

  9. He just arrived. You should have seen the look on his face when he realized where he was. He’s upside down in the shit pool as i type this.

  10. Since he was 95% plastic, they are going to melt him down and make legos so the children can still play with him.

  11. Jesus christ, Florio…. if you wanted to post about him so bad, just do it. It’s your site. This is a far reach to make this related to football and is insulting to the intelligence of your readers.
    Post whatever you want. Not being football related never stopped you before.

  12. This goes to show you, American society is becoming more and more jagged. It’s funny that the legal system exonerated this guy but somehow he’s guilty of “raping kids”…… The same “legal system” that is supposedly the best in the world, and if you dare criticize it, you are labeled as “Hating America”….. Either you’re guilty or you’re not, he wasn’t convicted. This is the same legal system that has prosecuted and convicted scores of people with tainted evidence, etc, but not one quip from the majority of the people. However during high-profile court cases that don’t go your way, you scream like little bitches.

  13. I guess this means that the MJ/Donny Osmond celebrity boxing match that I’ve been waiting for will never happen. 😦

  14. It was actually Chuck Sullivan who was the producer/promoter of the tour, not Billy. It began to fall apart when the Foxboro selectmen refused to allow back-to-back concerts at the stadiumm which was to be the initial st4op on the tour. It all went downhill for the Sullivans after that. Chuck was basically an idiot.

  15. There is a book called “Tales from the Patriots Sideline” by Michael Felger that goes into this story a little deeper, and it is sorta that way. If the Sullivans didn’t get into bed with the Jacksons they would still own the team, and the team would still be a laughing stock.
    If you love or if you hate the Patriots, it is a great read either way. It is about the first 40 years of the franchise, and why they sucked so hard.

  16. > SATAN says:
    > He just arrived. You should have seen the look on his face when he
    > realized where he was. He’s upside down in the shit pool as i type this.
    Hey, congrats on the Stanley Cup win, BTW.

  17. (Transcript of telephone call 26Jun09)
    “Good morning, This is the Los Angeles County Coroners Office, may I help you?”
    “I’m sorry, could you repeat that?”
    “Uh, no, Mr. Merrick. I’m sorry, but Mr. Jacksons remains are NOT available for sale!”
    “Thank you, sir. Goodbye.”

  18. “Orthswine would have moved the team to St. Louis if Kraft, who owned Foxboro Stadium, had allowed him to break the lease. ”
    Pretty ironic considering Kraft’s threats to move the team once upon a time.

  19. I’m just waiting for someone to assert that all of this has something to do with Karma for some reason.

  20. “If you love or if you hate the Patriots, it is a great read either way. It is about the first 40 years of the franchise, and why they sucked so hard.
    Sha, right. Everybody knows that the Patriots have only been around for like 10 years.

  21. blackninja – I know it’s fashionable to talk about how the Patriots were so bad for so long.
    The reality is they had a Super Bowl contender in every decade of their existence.
    You’ll find there aren’t many teams that can claim that.

  22. If you don’t like what he posts, scroll down the page, it takes alot less time then complaining about it. It amazes me that some people out there can operate with such bad attitudes.

  23. “It’s possible that Jackson’s 1984 Victory tour contributed in part to the Patriots’ trio of Super Bowl trophies.”
    So when MJ sang about “Man in the Mirror” that was Bill Belichek’s personal cameraman warming up for the Super Bowl?

  24. How can anyone be proud of the ONLY team in NFL history to be CAUGHT, and subsequentially PUNISHED for cheating?
    Oh yeah, that’s right – all it takes is to be a Cheatriot fan-boy.

  25. Vox Veritas says:
    “Orthswine would have moved the team to St. Louis if Kraft, who owned Foxboro Stadium, had allowed him to break the lease. ”
    Pretty ironic considering Kraft’s threats to move the team once upon a time.
    ^^^^^
    Come on, Vox. Not the same thing at all.
    a.) The move would have been within the region, 100 miles. Not quite the same as the 1200 miles from Foxboro to St. Louis.
    b.) Anyone knowledgable was pretty certain that the “threats” were just that and that the Patriots were never going to play a game in Connecticut. It was purely posturing to get a deal in Mass.. Because…
    c.) It would have been a suicidal business move to relocate to Hartford. About half of Connecticut is Giants territory. Many New Englanders would have dropped their season tickets rather than drive an extra 100 miles out of their way. Boston would eventually fill the void and get another NFL team, leaving the Hartford Patriots stuck in the middle with a miniscule ticket and fan base, and sooner or later we’d be talking about the LA Patriots. Hate him all you want, but Kraft is a smarter businessman than that.
    But thanks for giving me the opportunity to set you straight. Later

  26. “So when MJ sang about “Man in the Mirror” that was Bill Belichek’s personal cameraman warming up for the Super Bowl? ”
    ^^^^^
    Well lookyhere, what a fresh approach to Bill “Belichek”/camera smack.
    And here I thought it was getting stale….

  27. We are so quick 2 hate on some 1 tho but to give some one credit o know we can’t do that if anyone know for sure mike jack did that shit 2 them kids please prove it 2 me all I ask

  28. What the hell kind of name is “VOX” I think u meant to wat “COX u was born 2 b a loser man come on u spend more time on line then I do with ur wife and yes sir u are a fagget & ur dad would be the type 2 touch a child matter of fact u are the type man I can go on but can’t keep wastein time writein this & drivin on u man wat a waste of life ill trade ur life for mike’s in a second please don’t make me go harder then this next time…im out peaceee

  29. olcap says:
    June 26th, 2009 at 11:54 am
    How can anyone be proud of the ONLY team in NFL history to be CAUGHT, and subsequentially PUNISHED for cheating?
    Oh yeah, that’s right – all it takes is to be a Cheatriot fan-boy.
    ————————————————————————————-
    Three reasons actually:
    XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX
    I’ve got more reasons if you need them olcap.

  30. edmazeing08 – Congratulations. By being an incomprehensible asshole, you are the first person in PFT history to make Vox into a sympathetic character. When your shift is over at Wal-Mart, look into getting your GED.

  31. @footballnut
    Well, you got those by cheating, so how can you be proud of those Lombardi’s? They will forever be ****asterisks*****

  32. Why did Michael Jackson get so many speading tickets on his way to K-Mart?
    He kept hearing they had boys underwear half off.

  33. east96st move to 09st “assshole” I can picture u sayin that shit man u aint no body old man funny u talkin trash on walmart guess cause the place did you wrong do u blame them 4 not givin u a refund on open box of crackers cracker…keep my name out ur dick suckin mouth damn and were can I go 2 get a GED like ur’s buddy im pretty sure it make ur trailor park wall stand out haha redneck man shit is 2 easy man…im out peaccceee

  34. @ olcap
    I was looking through the 2008 Official NFL Fact and Record Book recently. I’m pretty sure that I didn’t see any asterisks anywhere next to the Patriots, but I’ll check again later just to make sure, and will let you know.
    Now, for the hundredth time, since they got caught, ahem, “cheating” (please allow my eyes to readjust after rolling my eyes)
    ……………………….their record is 29-6. But nevermind that.
    What is your theory going to be when the Patriots win 12 or 13 games this regular season and are back atop the AFC East?

  35. east96st—were u at waitn 4 u 2 reply homo come on the “Urban Bully” is waitn 4 u 2 talk out the side of ur mouth again im keep typen like dis 2 get ur face reder

  36. olcap says:
    Well, you got those by cheating, so how can you be proud of those Lombardi’s? They will forever be ****asterisks*****
    ^^^^^
    Since I’d rather not waste my time later on a troll such as yourself, I’ll go straight to NFL for confirmation and get it over with. Are there asterisks(***) beside any of the Patriots 3 years as champs?
    2004 Regular Season W L T Pct PF PA
    z- New England Patriots 14 2 0 .875 437 260
    z – Clinched Division
    Nope, no asterisks
    ———————-
    2001 Regular Season W L T Pct PF PA
    z- New England Patriots 11 5 0 .688 371 272
    z – Clinched Division
    0 for 2
    ———————
    2003 Regular Season W L T Pct PF PA
    *- New England Patriots 14 2 0 .875 348 238
    ^ OH—-there it is—asterisk…you are right!!! Patriots*(!!!)
    * – Clinched Division and Homefield Advantage
    ooooooohhhh. so THAT’s what the asterisk is for…Well, sorry olcap, looks like the Patriots Super Bowl seasons are just as legit as the other 40 Super Bowl Champs. Either grow up, get a clue and accept it, or continue to be the bitter, jealous malcontent you appear to be.

  37. jacko had serious issues and had an attraction for young flesh. anyone who says otherwise is also a flaming jackass ans in denial.
    and about his death all i can say is
    “hee-hee… hee”

  38. Empty13 I guess ur talkin about ur head u right its empty also no life he pass away yesterday ok buddy we all no he’s gone he can’t defend his self so I will y dnt u go make a album and see how many records it sale man ur crust ass couldt get ur mom 2 buy that cd bonehead ass think u funny u aint shit like ur dad….im out peacccce

  39. We all know that “Smooth Criminal” is a song bout the Patriots Superbowl wins.

  40. hayward giablommi says:
    June 26th, 2009 at 12:13 pm
    “So when MJ sang about “Man in the Mirror” that was Bill Belichek’s personal cameraman warming up for the Super Bowl? ”
    ^^^^^
    Well lookyhere, what a fresh approach to Bill “Belichek”/camera smack.
    And here I thought it was getting stale….
    ***
    LOL! Could somebody please read Hayward’s response to me?
    Thanks.
    All I’ve got on my screen is a big fat white blank.
    It might have something to do with that embedded Symantec SarcrasmBlocker.03 I run…

  41. east96st says:
    June 26th, 2009 at 12:56 pm
    edmazeing08 – Congratulations. By being an incomprehensible asshole, you are the first person in PFT history to make Vox into a sympathetic character.
    When your shift is over at Wal-Mart, look into getting your GED.
    ***
    Does anybody know how to clean off the drink I just sprayed all over my computer screen, without damaging it? Thanks.
    Laughed my ASS off!
    Actually, I think Vox is HILARIOUS ~ intentionally so! ~ his Hate Issues notwithstanding…

  42. KJHAWKS says:
    June 26th, 2009 at 10:43 am
    I hope when M Jackson gets to heaven, he doesn’t find out that GOD is a Metallica fan
    ***
    Fat CHANCE that that pansy appreciates the Greatness.
    ***
    Satan? Always good to hear from you, Bro. Thanks for the updates on your new tenant.

  43. LOL! Hey, “ol cap”! Can I get you some gauze???
    Or would you prefer to just lie there and bleed, for a bit? :o)

  44. Hey east96st just grab a couple of them tissue next 2 ur computer that use when ur jerk off cause u seem like a computer guy that watch porn all day I bet u have a v.I.p card on youporn.com dumb loser like u aint even funny man like ur the s”cum” of the earth man u would have been bette off if ur mom had swallow u..like she did me last night…im out peaccce

  45. @ unclaimedfright
    Fail.
    If that’s the best you can bring, you better just go ahead and assume the position; because you are going to get bitchsmacked around any Patriots thread you pollute.

  46. At least Vox tries to add some humor to his insults he throws at us Pats fans there edmazing08…not to mention he is a lot more literate as well.

  47. Q: What would Michael Jackson be doing if he were alive today?
    A: Clawing at the inside of the Coroners office cold-drawer!

  48. @hayward giablommi
    My prediction of no better than a third-place division finish for your team’s standing at the end of this coming season stands.
    The Cheatriots were caught and fined for ONE type of cheting. I’m sure they were, have been, and continue to employ other means of cheating. The asterisiks are there in principle, you just refuse to acknowledge them.

  49. unclaimedfright wrote: “We all know that “Smooth Criminal” is a song bout the Patriots Superbowl wins.”
    LOL! “Andy (Reid) are you o.k.?/So, Andy are you o.k.?/ Are you o.k. Andy?/Andy are you o.k.?/So, Andy are you o.k.?/Are you o.k. Andy?”

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