Last year one of our readers suggested that we defund the North Korean nuclear program by selling Kim Jong-un an NBA franchise. My reaction was that it was so funny that when the play-offs heated up we might even make a contest out of it. Sample entry: “We should sell Kim Jong-un the Toronto Raptors. He could party with Rob Ford, and the mascot is a flesh-eating dinosaur.” Rim shot.
But don’t sell him Arsenal.
With the sales price of the Clippers reportedly $2 billion I’m beginning to think that there might be some legs in this idea.
So in the spirit of better late than never, we introduce our Modest Proposal to Defund the Nuclear Program contest. Readers are invited to suggest professional sports franchises we could sell to Kim Jong-un to defund the North Korean nuclear program and the reason why that team would be appropriate. Since I already invoked Arsenal in the original post, that one’s off the table. Winner gets a free autographed copy of Confronting the Curse: the Economics and Geopolitics of Natural Resource Governance in which North Korea gets a passing mention. Contest to run for the duration of the NBA finals. Now get those entries in!