Congresswomen Barbara Lee and Marcia L. Fudge Announce Friendly Wager on the NBA Finals Championship

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) and announced a friendly wager over the NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. Up for grabs are local favorites from their respective cities, but most importantly, bragging rights for the next year.

If the Warriors win, Congresswoman Fudge will offer her California colleague chocolates, peanuts and pastries made in the heart of Cleveland.  If the Cavaliers win, Congresswoman Lee will supply her Ohio colleague with the East Bay’s finest: Clif bars, Ghirardelli chocolates, Peet’s coffee and an autographed photo of Stephen Curry in an Oaklandish tote bag.

“The Cleveland Cavaliers are a good team but the Warriors will win this, hands down. With the strong support of the East Bay and leadership of MVP Stephen Curry, I am confident of a Warrior’s win!” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. “While I am proud to put some of the East Bay’s finest products on the line for this friendly wager, I look forward to enjoying the sweetness of a hometown victory along with Cleveland treats from my friend, Congresswoman Fudge.”

“The Golden State Warriors are a strong team, but it’s time to end our city’s 50-year championship drought. The Cavaliers will be victorious,” said Congresswoman Fudge. “Led by Akron’s own LeBron James, the Cavaliers have been relentless in their pursuit of victory. All of Northeast Ohio is ‘all in’ and proud of their determination to bring the championship home. While confident in our victory, I proudly wager chocolates from Malley’s, peanuts from Peterson’s and pastries from Davis Bakery. These delectable foods are the best in the nation, just like our home team.” 


Congresswoman Lee is a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, the Steering and Policy Committee, is a Senior Democratic Whip, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and co-chair of the Progressive Caucus. She serves as chair of the Whip’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity.


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