Oklahoma City Thunder sponsor out $100K after five fans sink half-court shots this year (videos)
In a run that defies statistical probability, MidFirst Bank has been on the hook for $100,000 dollars after five fans in this calendar year have made half-court shots. The halftime promotion awards twenty grand if the fan makes the shot, meaning (using my considerable math skills) that the bank has shelled out $100,000 this year alone in prize money.
So far in 2013, according to an ESPN.com report from Darren Rovell, two fans made the shot in April, another during the playoffs and two have drilled the shot this week alone.
On Monday, Cameron Rodriguez sunk his shot:
And on Thursday night, Brad Brucker made good on his attempt, even eliciting a high-five from Jay-Z, who was attending the game with his wife Beyonce. Buckner reportedly said afterward that it “didn’t feel real.”
Rovell reports that the team estimates the odds of hitting the shot as about 1 in a 100, but the Thunder report that fans have made 8 out of 230, good for a four percent clip.
Thunder spokesman Dan Mahoney also told ESPN.com that while promotions such as these routinely are insured, MidFirst Bank has been paying the $20,000 payout each time.
“MidFirst views it as a wonderful promotion for the fans and our community,” Mahoney said. “They have no plans to consider discontinuing it.”
Let’s see what the bank has to say about that if fans keep sinking shots at the remarkable clip they’ve been on this week.