Bulls Fans Raise Cash for LeBron Billboard

Website hopes to raise funds for billboard to attract player

By Matt Bartosik
|  Thursday, May 27, 2010  |  Updated 1:00 PM CDT
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On July 1, Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James will become a free agent. Bulls fans aren't being subtle about their desire to have him on the team.

In fact, the founders of SendLeBrontoChicago.com have gone so far as to put a down payment on a billboard. Now they're asking fans to donate to their cause.

Cousins AJ Bartold and J.C. Skupien launched the website on May 9, and they're very serious about their endeavor.

"A billboard is in the works, to be placed in the city of Chicago," the website says. "If this one goes well, billboard number two will be placed in Akron, Ohio, LeBron's hometown."

Sure, the billboard concept is a bit out-of-the-box, but the idea of James landing in Chicago isn't too far off. After all, Chicago has a bigger brand and (perhaps) a more supportive batch of players than the Cavs. And considering Cleveland's loss in the playoffs, James' eyes could have started wandering elsewhere.

Bartold and Skupien—and several other Bulls fans—are hoping to catch James' attention with their billboard. The website provides a picture of what the billboard could look like, and their mock-up makes it seem like the billboard will go on the famous Mural Building at 1735 N. Ashland Ave. The building has a history as a sports predictor.

Wherever the billboard ends up though may not matter. It's already making waves. The website has caught attention from ESPN, Sports Illustrated, the Chicago Sun-Times, USA Today, and the New York Post.

So could James really play in Chicago? Who knows... anything can happen.

Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.

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