How O.J. Simpson paid for the 'Dream Team' of lawyers on his murder trial

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The ESPN documentary "O.J.: Made in America" is full of interesting behind-the-scenes insight on O.J. Simpson's incredible rise to fame and sudden infamy.

One of the most reveling sections of the documentary is a two-minute breakdown in part four about how Simpson generated money while in prison during his trial for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman.

In a recording that plays during this section of the documentary, an interviewer asks Simpson if he ever thought what would happen under the same circumstances if he was just a middle-class guy instead of a rich, ex-NFL star.

"I would have no chance," Simpson said.

As it turns out, Simpson was allowed to keep generating memorabilia during his trial, which allowed to afford the "Dream Team" of lawyers — which the doc notes costed him an estimated $50,000 a day.

See how he did it in the slides below.

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Simpson's former agent Mike Gilbert said in the doc that by the third day Simpson was in prison, he got his reps to start getting together a marketing and merchandising plan to generate a lot of money.


Memorabilia dealer Bruce Fromong explained that Simpson would be given numbers to sign his autograph to in his jail cell.


Those numbers would then be put on jerseys to be sold at memorabilia collector events.


To autograph footballs, a panel of a ball would be brought in to the jail for him to sign.


And that panel would be stitched onto a football to be sold.


The market exploded for Simpson memorabilia and autographs while the case went on, according to Fromong.


There were even photos sold that Simpson and his attorney Johnnie Cochran had signed.


In one sitting, Simpson would sign 2,500 cards.


For some cards, Simpson would even date them, indicating that he signed them while in prison, inevitably driving up the price of the card.



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