Also, this is just total bullshit.
Another wonderful line from dahs, backed up with...nothing. Absolutely nothing. Oh, wait, it's true because you say so. Same ole' standard non-argument from you.
If you can just state as "obvious fact" that anyone with basic economics knowledge should understand that the "negative publicity" associated with The Decision had a meaningful negative impact on the Cleveland economy, I can state as obvious fact that anyone with common sense should understand that an employee has no obligations to his employer beyond the term of his contract. Seeking the best opportunities for oneself doesn't make you a traitor, it makes you a rational human being. Unfortunately you have to BE a rational human being to understand that. But this reality is FAR more obvious and less in need of support than the claim that you have baselessly and repeatedly made, that anyone with your economics background should see that The Decision obviously and inherently harmed the Cleveland economy. Don't try to put a heavier burden of proof on me than you've put on yourself, please.
As far as The Decision and its charity implications being a PR stunt, you're going to have to explain to me how that makes it WORSE. It would still be a PR stunt without the charity. At least with the charity it's a PR stunt that does people good. Could LeBron afford $6 million out of pocket, as you continue to assert (ok, you said 2, but it was actually $2.5 to the BaGCA and over $3 million more to various other charities; see this article from the Plain Dealer
)? Sure. But it's not quite the chump change you make it out to be. And the onus is not on him to do that. He took advantage of a situation that allowed him to give money to children in need, that just doesn't seem like a bad thing to me. Maybe if he robbed 3 banks to do it it would be a bad thing. But an hour and a quarter of shameless self promotion? VOLUNTARY shameless self promotion - nobody was forced to watch the special. Outweighs millions of dollars to charity? If you really believe that to be true you need to seriously re-evaluate your value system.