Jay-Z once uttered the famous line, “it was all good just a week ago.”
For creative genius and basketball savant, LeBron James, and one of the most prolific college football coaches of all time, Nick Saban, this continues to reign true.
While James and Saban are each champions in their own right, both icons are now fighting in the same arena –– producing original content.
During the 2017 NBA finals, James introduced a new show to his multimedia platform Uninterrupted –– The Shop. Since it’s premiere, 2 Chainz, Draymond Green, and more have blessed show, touching on sports, hip-hop culture and life.
Now, new beef has arisen between James and Saban. Last week, the University of Alabama debuted Coach Saban’s trailer for his new show, Shop Talk.
The clip featured Saban choppin’ it up with the Atlanta Falcons standout wide receiver, Julio Jones.
Once James received word that Saban was copying his show, he wasn’t having it. Instead of airing out his emotions on Twitter, King James sent a warning shot by letter.
Josh Tarnow, the head of Uninterrupted legal and business endeavors, drafted the letter which stated:
“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’, ”
On Tuesday, Nick Saban is all the way with the sh*ts. Unbothered, the Crimson Tide head coach went in front of the cameras to let the world know “Shop Talk,” will go on.
After beating the Toronto Raptors last night 112-106, James let Saban know that he respects him, but is not rockin’ with Saban’s swagger jacking ways.
Lebron James said:
“I’ll be damned I’ll allow someone to do the same thing we’re doing and just think it’s okay.”
Nevertheless, it should be noted that business wise, LeBron doesn’t have copyrights or trademarks on anything related to The Shop. This makes James’ accusations against Saban an intellectual property claim.
LeBron James’ Uninterrupted outlet was created for athletes to have the freedom to speak about social issues, their personal stories, and to push the culture forward. He does not want his show or platform to fall victim to cultural appropriation.
This should be interesting to watch as this feud plays out. It’s understandable to see why both parties involved are taking the proper precautions to protect their show.