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Patriots Talk: Nike Sues Rob Gronkowski Over New Logo

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Patriots Talk: Nike Sues Rob Gronkowski Over New Logo

Seems as though Gronk can’t seem to catch a  break this offseason. While getting TMZ to show a video of

While getting TMZ to show a video of his party at Foxwoods, getting his roast of David Ortiz taken down, now he seems to be in real legal trouble with the footwear giant, Nike over Gronk’s newest logo design.

The report was written by ESPN’s Darren Rovell, and Nike has been stated to have filed a formal opposition with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) against Gronkowski’s fitness company; Gronk Nation L.L.C.

Gronk Nation had filed for a trademark in April 2016 for a logo for its new fitness apparel and equipment brand. Nike is claiming that the logo (which is a silhouette of Gronkowski spiking a football)  looks too similar Nike’s Air Jordan, Jumpman logo that they have used since November 1987.

 

According to the report, Gronk and his company have until Aug. 5 to respond to the opposition, and if there is no resolve by then,  Nike and one of its top spokespersons could be facing off in court:

Attorney Troy Carnrite, whose firm represents the Gronkowski family (therefore, Gronk Nation falls under him as well) told Rovell:

“We are very proud of this brand and are optimistic that we will resolve this with Nike amicably.”

As of now, this news is only from this past week, and there will be quite a few months before anything comes about. But the fact is, Gronk and his family are trying to break themselves into the fitness market (ironically, Gronk is also sponsored by Nike for the sports footwear). This announcement will have some dark clouds hanging over Gronk till he returns to Foxboro on July 26th for summer training camp with his team, the New England Patriots.

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How the NBA has Posterized the Modern Age

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Nobody watches sports on TV anymore, right? The instant gratification, that technology offers us, overpowers our interest to consume sporting events in their entirety.

It’s like choosing a home-cooked meal over astronaut food – consuming highlights on Twitter is SO much more efficient than watching the whole game.

Analysts have deduced, from declining NFL TV Ratings, that the audience for sports is dwindling. Excuses manifold have been made in an attempt to explain this seemingly inexplicable phenomenon.

You hear things like social media, those darn video games and even Reefer Madness. Others point to rule changes and a degrading “on the field” product. Some have even conjectured that recent political controversies have dissuaded a large portion of the NFL audience from watching telecasts of the game.

There are no days like the good ol’ days!

But the NFL is not the only sports league to be afflicted with declining ratings.

In fact, America’s favorite pastime, baseball, has all but lost the viewership of the younger demographics. This is the part of the population that will buy merchandise. They actually care about who’s “in”.

The average MLB fan is now 100 years old.

I joke, but this is not a huge exaggeration. The average MLB fan is now 53 years old, while the NFL’s average fan is not much younger – at 47 years old.

Two of the major sports leagues have hopelessly seen their popularity diminish, over the past few decades. So one would presume that this trend has spread across the rest of the Sports World. But the NBA has actually prospered during this window of media volatility.

The NBA’s season-opener has increased, in Nielsen TV Ratings, by about 63% since 2015. And the average basketball fan is only 37 years old. 

Somehow basketball has managed to appeal to the younger audience that is umbilically attached to electronic distractions. Yes, the very same distractions that have syphoned away the attention of these fans from the other sports leagues.

This must suggest that the NBA is communing with some wizard who is giving Adam Silver and his subordinates total clairvoyance, right? Well, the NFL and the MLB should stop searching for their Magic 8-Ball. It’s not out there.   

The NBA’s continued success is easy to explain: It is the league of Pop Culture. Therefore the NBA is both the cure and the symptom. And it is the only institution that is impervious to the ever-changing winds of digital time.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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This weekend promises to be the greatest weekend of the year. Just look at the sheer quantity of sporting events. The World Series, the NFL and the NBA are all in full-swing – it’s the Autumn Trifecta.

You’d need screens inestimable, in order to consume all of these contests at once. I know that, come Sunday night, my living room is going to contain enough wires and hardware to jack into the Matrix, if I wanted to (and I do).

So make yourself some nachos (or whatever you kids eat nowadays) and crack open a sodie pop. It’s time for a super special installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly – the Greatest Weekend Ever Edition.

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The Good, the Better and the Best

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Jayson Tatum

Well if this wasn’t the worst week in Boston Sports history then I don’t what is. Now that I think of it, this month of October has arguably been the worst month ever, for Boston fans. The Sox are done, the Pats are neck-and-neck with the Jets in the AFC East and the Celtics are currently 0-2. There’s just no salvation to be found!

By now, all of us have fully absorbed the magnitude of Gordon Hayward’s injury. And the prognosis will certainly not put a smile on your face, nor will the trajectory of this Celtics team, as they are still searching for their first win. If that’s not frustrating enough for you, Marcus Smart is out for tonight’s game with an ankle injury.

Man, New England is in dire need of a pick-me-up. Have no fear. I am here to answer the call.

Rather than doing another installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly (where I mostly enumerate the worst things in Boston Sports) let’s do something a little more positive. This city needs a big injection of enthusiasm and I’ve come to provide it.

It’s time for the first ever (and probably only) edition of The Good, the Better and the Best.

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