LeBron James is calling foul over Nick Saban and the Alabama Football’s recently released social media series Shop Talk, which features Saban and past players having informal conversations in the Bama Cuts barbershop located inside the football facility.
On Monday, legal representatives from James’ social media company Uninterrupted sent a letter to Alabama, alleging the series infringes on the copyright and intellectual property of their own barbershop talk feature called The Shop.
The letter, obtained by ESPN, reads, in part:
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 invites Alabama to informally discuss the legal issues before proceeding with litigation.
In regards to James’ claim that The Shop is original intellectual property, the fact that Fox Sports ran a barbershop series of it’s own called Back of the Shop in 2014, two years before the James’ series debuted, may not help Uninterrupted’s case. Stay tuned to see how this LeBron vs. Saban legal battle plays out.