NBA Illegally Scuttled Merchandise Deal, Calif. Lawyer Says

Law360, New York (May 9, 2013, 5:48 PM EDT) -- A California businessman and entertainment lawyer sued the National Basketball Association on Wednesday for allegedly derailing a planned series of product tie-ins related to biographical videos of retired athletes, saying it falsely represented that his use of player likenesses was unauthorized.

Bruce Singman alleges that the NBA’s statements to insulated cup manufacturer Tervis Tumbler Co. Inc. disputing his right to market cups featuring illustrations and statistics of former NBA players — but not containing team logos or the league shield — scuttled a licensing deal between...
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