The Dallas Mavericks beat the Miami Heat 105-95 in Game 6 last night, and Dirk Nowitzki was named the Finals MVP. Of course celebrations took place on and off the court, and tons of photos are coming out now, depicting how the Mavs seem to have had quite a Hangover-esque time. They partied at the fancy-pants Fontainebleau in Miami, hung out with Lil' Wayne, and Nowitzki was snapped drinking from a $80K bottle of champagne. Good times, huh? Maybe a little too good.
I know he's the MVP, a great basketball player, kicked the Heat's butt, etc. He also abstained from alcohol all season reportedly, and so that's supposed to make us think better of him chugging right from the super-pricey champagne bottle. But I have a problem with that champagne. I have a problem with the fact that the Mavs ordered that and "at least 100 champagne bottles" that could have very well been in the same price range. Win or no win, champs or not, throwing money around like that is just plain wrong.
Maybe I don't value basketball as much as some people. I admit that. But I'm not sure even the biggest fan could justify dropping that kind of dough on celebration. $1K bottle of champagne? Maaaaaaaaaaybe. $80K!? $80K could go toward so many better things. Charity, for one. The Dallas Mavericks Foundation supposedly "possesses a strong sense of social responsibility, acknowledging that a community is only as strong as its weakest link." What the hell does that mean? Obviously a whole lotta nothin', since they seem to be so wasteful. And it looks really distasteful.
To be blunt, I am not down with professional sports organizations making so much money. It's one thing to make a decent profit that can go toward keeping up a nice stadium or paying players and other employees fairly. But we all know ticket prices are astronomical, and it's obvious that the proceeds go toward ridiculous, unnecessary crap like $80K bottles of champagne. It just doesn't add up. Most teachers make HALF of that in a YEAR, and they're doing a job that's much more important to society. Whether you're a fan or not, that sobering thought kind of takes away from the excitement of a win.
What do you think -- do sports teams deserve to be rolling in so much dough that it's no big deal to throw $80K away on booze?
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