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What would YOU pay for an LA Autographed Jersey?(11 posts)

What would YOU pay for an LA Autographed Jersey?da cyclist
Dec 9, 2002 8:54 PM
I went up to Dallas today to see Lance Armstrong speak at an MD Anderson fundraiser luncheon. It was great, but the most notable event of the day came after the program was over. As some people were starting to leave, they auctioned off an autographed and framed yellow jersey. What would you have paid? Lee Roy Mitchell, CEO and chairman of Cinemark paid a whopping $100K. That's right, $100,000. He was in a bidding war with another individual up to $55K when he said that if Lance would come out and visit a childrens home in Tyler, he would pay $100,000. It was very entertaining to watch.
i find it disgustingishmael
Dec 9, 2002 9:01 PM
armstrong is being twisted into doing charity shows...maybe he doesnt mind, but I wouldn't want him to visit me if I knew he maybe wasnt doing it fully willing...
i find it disgustingThe Human G-Nome
Dec 9, 2002 9:19 PM
ya, visiting group homes for the ill is really disgusting.
...and raising money for charity is...serbski
Dec 9, 2002 9:34 PM
even more disgusting. Hey, if some corporate type wants to pony up the dough for a piece of memorabilia, the proceeds from which go to the charity in question, why not? People have paid a lot more for a lot less. Isn't that *why* people get sports heroes to fund raise in the first place? So that otherwise tightwad corporate turds will open their wallets for a cause worthier than a new(er) Jaguar (insert frivolous purchase here)...
Hey Ishmael!Rubiks_Manuever
Dec 9, 2002 10:57 PM
There are some very affordable basic ethics courses in the philosophy departments of most community colleges in most regions of North America--check one out just for fun, eh?
missing the pointishmael
Dec 10, 2002 5:20 AM
fundraising and contributing time is great when people OFFER their services or money....when people are ASKED its not the same...and then asked in front of lots of people, its pressuring would you feel if your wife hung out with you because someone was paying her to?
comes with the territory.... nm.divve
Dec 10, 2002 5:43 AM
Trust me...if Lance visits the kid's clinic in Tyler....Gregory Taylor
Dec 10, 2002 5:59 AM
...he's doing it willingly. While I don't profess to be a friend or even an acquaintiance of the man from Texas, I have had the privilege of coming in contact with him a couple of times and can tell you this from personal observation:

1. I doubt that Lance is being "twisted" into doing charity shows. I doubt that you could pay him enough money to do something that he didn't want to do.

2. The dude may be hard as nails on a bike, but Lance has a heart the size of Texas and (from what I've seen) he is one of the few athletes out there who appears to have a genuine desire to use his celebrity to help make a difference, not just promote himself.

3. Lance has a soft spot for kids. Visiting a clinic for sick kids wouldn't be a hardship.

Sorry if I got on my high-horse on this one. As you can tell, he's a hero for me.
Disgusting? Where is your head at? This is for charity. (nm)onespeed
Dec 10, 2002 7:13 AM
re: What would YOU pay for an LA Autographed Jersey?Spunout
Dec 10, 2002 4:43 AM
Kudos for Lance for being able to get some Texas Oil baron to part with his cash for a sweaty piece of polyester.

You can bet, that if LA wasn't a piece of the cake the cash wouldn't flow as freely. Such is charity in a payola world. Plus, these guys get the tax breaks, they would just pay it all in tax anyways.
There's a difference between market value and charitygreg n
Dec 10, 2002 7:28 AM
what's the street value of that jersey? $750, $1000, $1500. Who knows? But for a good, charitable cause such as this, that's what the money is about.