Entertainment & Sports Biz News Roundup

The entertainment and sports industries were busy during the first few weeks of February:

Agency News:

The agency world hit the news when, as reported by The Hollywood ReporterUTA won its motion to dismiss a lawsuit for breach of an implied contract over the movie “The Purge.” UTA again made the news, alongside ICM, as boutique talent agency Lenhoff & Lenhoff sued the two agencies for violating antitrust law, claiming that the Big 4 monopolized the television market, becoming predatory.

Music News:

With the increase of music festivals popping up across the country, it was only a matter of time until they hit the news. Country music duo Florida Georgia Line is having troubles arising over last summer’s Country Explosion. Billboard reports FGL’s tangle up in a breach of contract and defamation suit with Country Explosion ownership.

Bob Marley’s heirs are celebrating a victory as the 9th Court of Appeals affirm a ruling for the family who sued merchandisers for the unauthorized use of Marley’s image. Several of the ladies in En Vouge are facing their own legal troubles, as Rufftown Entertainment sued two of the original members for over $300M for violating an exclusive recording contract.

Although the music industry has seen its share of legal turmoil and profit spirals, UMG Chairman Lucian Grainge is hopeful in the future of music. Mr. Grainge spoke of future growth at last week’s Code Media conference.

Sports News:

Sports Business Daily reports the possibility of a settlement between the NFL and American Needle over their longstanding licensing lawsuit. In other sports news, Biogenesis faux-doctor Bosch received a four-year sentence in federal prison for running an illegal clinic and supplying illegal substances to MLB players and high school athletes.

The Oakland Raiders prevailed in the age-discrimination suit brought by two former scouts, who claimed that their dismissal had discriminatory intent. The Raiders hit the news again when the franchise, along with the San Diego Chargers, announced the potential to build and share a stadium in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson.


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