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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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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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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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The “Green” Lining

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Not to understate the solemnity of Gordon Hayward‘s injury, but the Boston Celtics are going to be just fine.

Saying, that without one player, the C’s are done for presupposes that this team is short on talent. It’s not.

When a newly acquired superstar goes down, it’s hard for fans to manufacture any positivity. Especially when such a thing happens during the first quarter of the season-opener. But let’s try to take a look at the implications of Hayward’s injury, without myopic jumpiness.

The 2017-18 season is very far from over for the Celtics. Gordon Hayward dislocating his ankle did not fracture Boston’s playoff hopes.

There are a few reassuring abstractions to be made from the box score of Tuesday night’s game, in which Hayward suffered the gruesome left leg injury.

Yes, the C’s lost to the Cavs 99-102, but this team passionately competed. And they mustered up the resolve to do so with one of their best players being escorted to the hospital.

This fact alone suggests that there are guys on this team who are willing, and able, to attempt to fill Gordon Hayward’s Nikes.

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