Anatomy of Licensing Agreements – Part 2

Previously The Legal Supplement discussed the anatomy of a licensing agreement. These sections dealt with intellectual property grants, restrictions, ownership and enforcement obligations. Plus other important provisions like royalty payment percentages and calculations. There’s more to licensing agreements. Lets continue looking at the anatomy of a licensing agreement in the context of athlete endorsement deals. […]

Anatomy of Licensing Agreements – Part I

Previously, The Legal Supplement covered how athletes returning from Sochi have signed deals with companies to monetize on post Olympic endorsement opportunities. With endorsement deals, an athlete permits use of his or her intellectual property rights, which includes the athlete’s name and likeness. If a company wishes to use an athlete’s name, photograph, image, and/or […]

Returning from Sochi: Athlete Endorsement Deals and Licensing Agreements

Two months ago, the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi finally came to an end and as all 230 athletes returned home, only 28 returned with medals and an even smaller number returned with athlete endorsement deals. It is not uncommon for winter Olympians to have difficulty attaining athlete endorsement deals. Catching the attention of big […]

Is It Lights Out for Nike’s Lights Out Sports Apparel Line?

This past Monday, former NFL player Shawne Merriman, through his company, sued Nike for trademark infringement and unfair competition in federal court.   Merriman’s company holds two federal trademark registrations for “Lights Out,” with the first covering clothing apparel and the second covering athlete endorsement and promotion of another’s goods and/or services through licensing the […]

Infringement Be Damned, ASU Sues to Protect Name

A very interesting case emerged recently that had Arizona State University (ASU) seeing red. At the center of the controversy are three men and four corporations that were using the name ‘Sun Devil Angels’ in conjunction with selling hard core pornography videos and images. A lawsuit by the Arizona Board of Regents against the individuals […]

The ‘Reebok CrossFit’ Name Causes Dispute. What was the issue?

Do big companies have tirades? They sure do. Just the day before Valentine’s Day, CrossFit launched into an official “Twit-fit” and fired some not-so-Cupid-ly remarks at Reebok. While the dispute appears to be smoothed over according to the RX Review, there are a couple issues worth pointing out. CrossFit HQ, in one particular tweet out […]

Does your website or gym use a waiver or release form? Does it fully protect you like you think it does?

Regardless of how good your waiver or a release form is, you really should look into more protection. Most fitness professionals are or should be aware of the potential for lawsuits. A lawsuit can have a devastating effect on anyone’s bottom line regardless if you win the lawsuit or not. The purpose of this article […]

Frank Rotella – A Practical Approach to Business

The Legal Supplement is focused on making business owners aware of different legal issues.  Talking to business owners about actual legal issues that he or she experienced is an effective way to create awareness.  One such business owner is Frank Rotella.  Frank’s company, Rofami, Inc., is a diverse New Jersey based company in the fitness, […]

Is Permitting The Sale to Anthos In CrossFit’s Best Interest?

On July 28, 2012, message boards on www.crossfit.com blew up regarding a potential sale by a non-managing equity partner to Anthos Capital, a venture capital firm.  Since then, a Facebook fan page  and a blog  have been created, the latter offering developments in the case.  But what exactly is going on?  There are two litigation […]

Personal Trainer Job Boom Raises Questions About State Licensure Requirements

Catherine Rampell with the New York Times wrote an article several months ago about the personal trainer job boom and the cross-section of people joining the ranks.  Ms. Rampel raised an interesting point that barriers of entry to personal trainer jobs are low because the number of organizations certifying newbies are plentiful, and the process is […]