LeBron James has a bone to pick with the University of Alabama Crimson Tide.
No, the Cleveland Cavaliers star isn’t jealous that the perennial football powerhouse, off a national title win in January, is stealing his spotlight in the sports world. Instead, there’s been a possible copyright infringement by the program.
You see, James has an online series on Uninterrupted called “The Shop,” in which the four-time MVP and a wide variety of guests chop it up at the barbershop to discuss a multitude of topics.
The University of Alabama football team released its trailer for an upcoming series titled “Shop Talk,” which centers around former Crimson Tide and current Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, head coach Nick Saban and others, also going and back and forth on a variety of topics.
— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) March 27, 2018
“Your continued exploitation of ‘Shop Talk’ infringes ‘Uninterrupted’s’ copyright, trademark rights and other valuable intellectual property rights in ‘The Shop’ and significantly damages ‘Uninterrupted’s’ commercial prospects for ‘The Shop,'” the letter to the university on behalf of James reads, per ESPN.
It appears as though James isn’t exactly ready to go at Alabama’s neck, as he has entertained having a conversation with the university before “rushing into legal proceedings.”
James first aired the pilot episode of “The Shop” during the 2017 NBA Finals. The series was developed by James and lauded businessman Maverick Carter, who’s been alongside James for off-the-court entertainment aplenty. Per ESPN, the first episode generated 4 million views across the outlet’s YouTube channel and Uninterrupted.com.
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