How much does it cost to fly the Duke basketball team on a chartered 767 flight from the U.S. to China, Shanghai, and Dubai? One airline executive estimated the cost at around $1.3 million.

Was flying 16,000 miles across three continents on a chartered flight necessary? Absolutely not, but Duke basketball fans would argue that the team brings more money and immeasurable publicity to the University. As if that makes it okay.

Here is more on the story from Jeff Eisenberg of the Yahoo! sports blog The Dagger.