A Dallas-area restaurant is offering All-Star center Dwight Howard quite the deal to entice him to sign with the Mavericks.
According to the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas eatery is promising Howard free chicken fingers for the rest of his life if he casts his lot with the local NBA franchise.
No, seriously. This is really happening.
On Monday, Raising Cane's will kick off a campaign inviting Mavericks fans to help persuade Howard to sign with Dallas. The company has leased six electronic billboards to help publicize its cooked-up offer to Howard.
Raising Cane's marketing manager Adam Reed says that if Howard signs with the Mavericks, “he will be welcome to come by any of our (20) local restaurants to enjoy seriously delicious chicken fingers at any time, on us, for the rest of his life.”
Raising Cane's has also created a special hashtag, #CANES4DWIGHT, that fans can use on Twitter to help recruit Howard to the Mavs. One lucky fan who participates in the campaign will even win Free Cane's for a Year, as well as four tickets to the 2013 home opener. Fans will be entered into the contest each time they use the customized hashtag and the winner will be announced shortly after Howard announces his decision.
“These next few days, Dwight Howard will be making arguably the most important career decision of his life,” said Adam Reed, Marketing Manager at Raising Cane's. “We have a lot of passionate fans among our Crewmembers in our DFW restaurants, so we thought we'd make Dwight an offer he couldn't refuse to up the ante for a Dallas-bound decision. We are also calling on every Dallas fan to join us in making the case online, in order to bring the big man to Big D.”
The Mavericks are among a group of teams expected to compete for Howard's services. The Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, and the Los Angeles Lakers are said to be serious contenders for Howard, too. However, one has got to believe the Mavs now hold the edge with the chicken finger deal.
Howard is expected to announce his decision on July 10.
Via Eye on Basketball