Sports and Entertainment: Snack Company Rap Snacks is in hot oil with Mattel over use of the ‘Barbie’ name in its Barbie-Que honey truffle chip collaboration with rapper Nicki Minaj | Foster Garvey PC

Welcome back to the “Spotlight”. It’s hard to believe we’re halfway through August and this football season and fall (my favorite) are just around the corner, but this is looking more and more like an attractive proposition with my Yankees swooning lately. Still, for now, off-field issues continue to dominate the day. In the NFL, there’s a chance that accused serial sex offender Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson may learn his ultimate fate before the NFL-appointed arbitrator has a chance to assess- yes In college football, there is renewed talk that the College Football Playoff (CFP) system would separate from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and become its own governing body for college football. And on my couch, there will be an obsessive study of “sleeper” players and standout performers for my fantasy football draft. With any luck, I will be among the first chosen for your fantasy lawyer project, which will lead you into the spotlight.

  • Snack company Rap Snacks is in hot oil with Mattel over the use of the “Barbie” name in its Barbie-Que Honey Truffle potato chip collaboration with rapper Nicki Minaj. This sure throws a wrench (or curling) into a possible Rap Snacks collaboration with A Tribe Called Quest for “Ken I dip it? Potato omelette.
  • Apparel brand Nobull engages in high-visibility sports marketing with its NFL combine sponsorship deal. Let’s hope the sponsorship works out, otherwise Nobull could find himself in the professional rodeo sponsorship realm, resulting in some very confused and badly maimed rodeo clowns.
  • University of Nebraska Decoldest Crawford strikes a cool deal with (what else?) an HVAC company, pushing the merits of being the coolest.

Offers of support, sponsorships and investments

The most unique NIL deals in college football in 2022
August 16, 2022 via Bleacher Report
College athletes across the country have benefited from the new era of college sports, with NIL taking over as the biggest draw for those staying in school.

Magic Johnson on his ‘great mentors’, investing, CBD and more: It’s about leaders ‘come together and create magic’
August 13, 2022 via Benzinga
Earvin “Magic” Johnson officially dove into the CBD business in 2020 with plans to make it big.

Star Search: How famous RTDs compete for the Coldbox
August 17, 2022 via BevNet News
As a commercial: In the wilderness of Finland, actor Miles Teller befriends a bear, bonding over their shared love of The Finnish Long Drink, a ready-to-drink version of Finland’s gin cocktail.

Apparel brand Nobull takes over NFL Combine sponsorship rights
August 16, 2022 via Sports Business Journal (subscription may be required)
Boston-based training apparel manufacturer Nobull has acquired the sponsorship rights to the NFL Talent Combine, earning the designations of both “Official Training Partner of the Combine” and “Official Supplier of field clothing and hats” for the annual event.


NFL, FIFA, UFC Streaming Services are part of Push to Own Fan Data
15 August 2022 via Sportico (Subscription may be required)
Recently, several sports leagues and federations have introduced new direct-to-consumer (DTC) solutions or new markets for their streaming product.

Barcelona is selling about $100 million more of its content arm as the season opener approaches
12 August 2022 via Sportico (Subscription may be required)
The sale in Barcelona continues. The Spanish national soccer team, one of the most popular and valuable in the world, announced Friday morning that it had sold 24.5 percent of its content group, Barça Studios, to Orpheus Media for about $103 million (100 million euros).

Mickelson, LIV golfers follow the same legal path as cowboys and bowlers
August 17, 2022 via Bloomberg Law (subscription may be required)
LIV’s fast start, prize money could pose hurdles in court.

Music Biz

Mattel Demand Snack Co. for Nicki Minaj’s chips… ‘Barbie-Que’ doesn’t sit well with them
August 18, 2022 via TMZ
Mattel is taking a snack company to court over a Nicki Minaj-themed chip that shares the name with everyone’s favorite plastic doll.

All Eyez at Tupac Shakur’s estate
August 17, 2022 via Wealth Management
West Coast rapper Tupac Shakur was tragically murdered in 1996, but his estate remains at the center of legal issues.

Elvis’ career with the Colonel: copyright disclosure, Las Vegas residency and lawsuit
August 15, 2022 via Daily Star
Colonel Tom Parker gave Elvis Presley great success, but his long collaboration with the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll did not come at a cost.

Peloton Can’t Survive IP Spat Music False Ad Suit
August 12, 2022 via Law360 (subscription may be required)
A federal judge in New York denied Peloton’s latest bid to escape a proposed class action accusing the exercise bike giant of falsely advertising an “ever-growing” library of online fitness classes .

Bang Energy is under fire for its use of music on TikTok, here’s how a record label lawsuit against it could change brand marketing on the app
August 15, 2022 via Markets Insider
Energy drink maker Bang Energy has made TikTok a core part of its marketing strategy. But the company was recently found responsible for using songs in TikTok videos without a license.

Movies and TV

Potential conflict of interest: Nooyi will take refuge from the ICC’s media rights process
August 15, 2022 via Economic Times
Jeff Bezos-owned Amazon had pulled out of the IPL media rights auction with Star and Viacom winning the TV and digital rights respectively for record amounts.

Big Ten media rights deal expected to create more B1G games with Notre Dame, according to report
August 16, 2022 via Saturday Tradition
Big Ten football fans can expect to see more of Notre Dame in the future, according to a new report.

Source: Kushner Pitching LIV Golf Media Deal
August 16, 2022 via Sports Business Journal (subscription may be required)
Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of former President Donald Trump, asked one of his US media connections to try to help the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour secure a rights deal of the media

Big Ten ends media rights deal with FOX, CBS and NBC
August 11, 2022 via SportsGrid
Rick Horrow joins Ben and explains the new media rights deal the Big Ten is working out with FOX, CBS and NBC to televise their events.

Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT)

Sir Anthony Hopkins launches an exclusive series of NFTs
August 17, 2022 via United Press International
Iconic actor Sir Anthony Hopkins is venturing into the technology business as he launched an exclusive NFT collection on Wednesday.

Vera Bradley Moves Into Metaverse With Utility-Driven Nfts To Celebrate 40th Anniversary
August 17, 2022 via MENAFN
Vera Bradley, Inc. (Nasdaq: VRA), the parent company of iconic lifestyle brand and American luggage and bag brand Vera Bradley, announced the world of Vera Bradley via Discord and Twitter.

Anthony Hopkins sees NFTs as “art in a new format.”
August 17, 2022 via Techcrunch
As celebrities and athletes enter the cryptosphere to endorse tokens or companies, others are looking to NFTs as a way to engage with fans.

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