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i just like watching em
You're not going to get $10 on Itunes for a 5 minute segment. Now, for a "solo project movie", sure, but that's not what we're talking about. And Heath is right, to make $100k he'd have to sell considerably more than 100,000 downloads.
Also, point above that Tom is an anomaly is a good one. The original "it's not worth it for 100k" comment is yet another example in the long-standing tradition of NS kids having no sense of context or proportion with respect to the dearth of money that actually exists in freeskiing. Just about no one in this industry, including most household names, will see 100k coming to him from someone all at once... well, ever. That is a shit ton of money. When Dale rightly wins, he shall be stoked.
Additionally, the fact that it's such a shit ton of money leads me to agree with the criticism that it should've been separated into 5 prizes to encourage participation. I mean, hell, $50k is still nothing to sneeze at as a grand prize, and if third place was, say, $15k I would expect a lot of people to think "hey, who knows? I could podium this."
Oh, my bad, I didn't actually bother to read the process for deciding who wins. Dale has no chance.