Welcome back to the “Spotlight!” Many may recall that one of the most ‘brave’ performances in NBA Finals history was Michael Jordan’s ‘flu play’ in 1997, in which he s heroically forced through the doldrums of food poisoning, scoring 38 points and leading the Chicago Bulls to Game 5. victory against the Utah Jazz. Little did Jordan know that 25 years later, his mental and gut strength would inspire a sports and entertainment lawyer battling the same enemy – food poisoning, not the Utah Jazz – to continue writing his weekly M&E digest for the masses. (three is a crowd, so I guess “mass” is four or more). Hopefully, this episode will spawn another legendary episode in 25 years on par with “His Airness” and “His Lack-of-Self-Awareness.” So whoever it is, let this be a message to you that the next time you feel Pepto-abyssal, don’t let that hold you back from basketball immortality, from writing a modestly successful newsletter or otherwise grab the Spotlight .
- Although mixed martial artist Conor McGregor was ruled out of competition due to a broken leg, it appears the leg is healthy enough for him to appear alongside star Jake Gyllenhaal in the reboot of the cult film. 1989 by Patrick Swayze “Road House”. “With remakes being a tricky proposition, the movie itself might not have a foothold to stand on.
- Professional golfer Phil Mickelson and nine other LIV Golf players have filed an antitrust complaint against the PGA Tour in response to their ban from playing PGA Tour-sanctioned tournaments. Ironic given that “anti-trust” is precisely how many feel toward Mickelson after conflicting statements about LIV Golf.
- Pop singer Shakira faces up to eight years in prison for alleged tax evasion in Spain. On the bright side, she has the presumption of honesty because her hips don’t lie.
- The NIL Opendorse platform offers sponsorship and sponsorship deals for college athletes to fans. Greek Row may have just found a new recruiting tool.
Endorsement offers, sponsorships and investments
Caesars sponsors Memphis Grizzlies ahead of new season
August 3, 2022 via Gambling Insider
Caesars Entertainment has announced a new agreement for its Caesars Sportsbook to become an official sponsor of the NBA Memphis Grizzlies basketball team.
New NIL online marketplace connects fans with college athletes
August 1, 2022 via Daily Herald
Fans who wish to financially support college athletes through name, image and likeness offerings can now do so with just a few clicks online.
LeBron James invests in Canyon bikes
July 29, 2022 via Velo News
LeBron James has invested $30 million in the German bicycle company through LRMR Ventures, his company that manages his investments, partnerships and brand.
Phil Mickelson, 10 fellow LIV golfers, file antitrust lawsuit against PGA Tour
August 3, 2022 via The Washington Post
Eleven golfers from the fledgling LIV Golf Invitational Series have filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour, arguing their careers were hurt when the Tour suspended them after joining the Saudi-funded organization. The move had been expected since LIV emerged this year to challenge the supremacy of PGA Tour professional golf.
Adidas sued over authenticity of ‘authentic’ NHL jerseys
August 3, 2022 via Sportico (subscription may be required)
As Adidas moves away from its relationship with the NHL, the apparel giant faces another federal lawsuit over the authenticity of the jerseys it sells to hockey fans.
NFL hits Dolphins and Ross for tampering as Flores bribe case drags on
August 2, 2022 via Sportico (subscription may be required)
The suspension from the NFL and the $1.5 million fine for Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross have significant ramifications for Brian Flores’ racial discrimination lawsuit against the NFL.
MLB’s Manfred defends antitrust exemption, cites minor league costs
August 2, 2022 via Sportico (subscription may be required)
In a 17-page letter sent last Friday to the chairman and leading member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred vigorously defended baseball’s antitrust exemption.
Kelly Clarkson faces legal setback against ex-stepdad’s management company
August 3, 2022 via Music Times
Kelly Clarkson is facing a major legal setback months after her divorce from Brandon Blackstock was finalized.
Netflix sues ‘unofficial Bridgerton Musical’ duo for infringement
August 1, 2022 via The New York Times
Netflix has sued the team behind ‘The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical’, claiming the Grammy-winning songwriter-songwriter duo infringed the hit show’s intellectual property, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Washington. , DC
Does Kelis have legal status in Beef on Beyoncé’s “Milkshake” tween?
July 29, 2022 via Billboard
“To file a copyright claim, you need to own a copyright,” an expert told Billboard. You just have to ask. That seems to be the bottom line of Kelis’ series of comments on the use of her 2003 hit “Milkshake” as part of Beyoncé’s new Renaissance song “Energy.”
Cinema and television
Conor McGregor will star alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in Road House Remake
August 3, 2022 via Balls Ie
Conor McGregor is set to star alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in a remake of ’80s cult classic Road House, which starred Patrick Swayze.
Pac-12 media rights deal expected to last five to six years
July 29, 2022 via Horrible Announcement
It’s a really small step forward in terms of Pac-12 media rights, but it looks like conference rights could come back on the market sooner rather than later.
LIV Golf’s Future On US TV Is Uncertain, But It Definitely Has One
July 28, 2022 via The Washington Post
The early days of LIV Golf, the controversial Saudi-backed series, focused on the world’s greatest players: who was in it (Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau), who was out (Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy) and what that they were getting paid (a lot.)
Non-fungible tokens (NFT)
Next Muse NFT Album Becomes First New Format Added To Charts In Years
August 2, 2022 via Crypto Consulting
The next Muse NFT album will be the last eligible album format since 2015.
Kim Kardashian’s Legal Team Files Motion To Dismiss EthereumMax Crypto Lawsuit
August 2, 2022 via Cointelegraph
Kim Kardashian’s lawyers have filed a joint motion to dismiss the class action lawsuit against the American businesswoman for promoting an alleged “pump and dump” crypto token.
How the NFT release of Snoop Dogg’s Death Row Session, Vol. Two opens up new possibilities for independent artists
August 1, 2022 via Forbes (subscription may be required)
Snoop Dogg has remained invested in all cutting-edge and new industries of late, from cannabis to blockchain; Snoop has remained relevant in conversations and recently upped the ante by releasing the first drop of his very first NFT album, Death Row Session Vol.2.
Artists are using crypto to take the ‘industry’ out of the music industry
July 28, 2022 via Bloomberg (subscription may be required)
Earlier this year, pop music duo The Chainsmokers released 5,000 NFTs for free.