A Beijing court has dismissed a trademark case brought by US basketball superstar Michael Jordan against a company using a similar name and logo to his Nike-produced brand, a report said. The former Chicago Bull is arguably the most popular international basketball star in China and is known in the country as “Qiaodan”, a Chinese version of his name.
It’s not everyday that sneakerheads can buy PEs straight out of the locker room. If you are a collector of player exclusive sneakers, the Sacramento Kings have an auction that you need to check out right now. A number of game-worn and deadstock sneakers are available, from recent DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay PEs to older items from Chris Webber, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Tyreke Evans, Isaiah Thomas and the artist formerly known as Ron Artest.
Mavericks President and CEO Terdema Ussery is leaving for a position with sports apparel company Under Armour. Ussery has been with Dallas for 18 years – three years before owner Mark Cuban bought the team. In his first year, Ussery was part of a successful campaign for $240 million in public funding to help build the American Airlines Center. It’s been home of the Mavericks since 2001.
Call it a promotional stunt gone awry. Footwear giant Nike has been fined €67,500, the equivalent of roughly $75,000, for putting an oversized Tony Parker France national team jersey on a statue of Winston Churchill to commemorate Les Bleus’ qualifications for the 2011 European Championships. Sculptor Jean Cardot sued Nike and a promotional company for defiling his work, and failing to ask for permission. A French court ruled last month that Nike had used the statue for commercial purposes in violation of Cardot’s rights. Unveiled in 1998, the statue is located on Winston Churchill Avenue near the Champs-Elysée in Paris. It is one of the few statues in France that doesn’t depict a French national.