It appears that LeBron James and co. are not feeling Alabama’s new barbershop show featuring Nick Saban. Last week, the defending NCAA football national champions teased a new show that features coach Saban talking to NFL players in a barbershop set up.
The show is pretty similar to one produced by LeBron in which the Cavs superstar sits in a barbershop and talks to friends and other NBA players about current topics.
LeBron’s team is so incensed with Alabama for allegedly ripping off their show that they sent the school a cease and desist letter for violating their intellectual property.
“On Monday, UNINTERRUPTED sent a letter to Alabama addressing concerns over copyright infringement and intellectual property appropriation.
“The Shop” was developed by James and UNINTERRUPTED co-founder Maverick Carter. Its first episode, which premiered during the 2017 NBA Finals, generated approximately 4 million views across UNINTERRUPTED.com and ESPN’s YouTube channel, according to a copy of the letter obtained by ESPN.
“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 reads, in part.
The letter goes on to invite a conversation with Alabama before “rushing into legal proceedings.” “
I’m not a lawyer but it doesn’t seem like the shows are similar enough for there to be a copyright violation but I guess that’s up to the courts to decide if Alabama wants to fight it.