Did Saban lawyer up?

It sure seems like he blinked, at least a little.

The long-anticipated second edition of Alabama’s barbershop web video dropped Wednesday night. It was billed as Episode 1, Part 2 but the title changed after a day of controversy.

No explanation was given, though the new name was likely connected to the claims made by LeBron James. The NBA star has a web show “The Shop” that started last summer. His production team sent a letter to Alabama after “Shop Talk” premiered last week following a similar format.

Oh, yeah.  They inverted the scissors, too.

If LeBron is smart, he’ll declare victory and move on.  He played ‘Bama — and won.


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14 responses to “Did Saban lawyer up?

  1. HiAltDawg

    Senator, you’re a lawyer, can you protect my ‘Bama Cheats” intellectual property infringement from this?


  2. gastr1

    I would greatly enjoy seeing Alabama and Nick Saban have to defend this in court and effectively get their clocks cleaned over it. Poetic justice, and I’m 1000% sure LeBron James knows exactly what he’s doing in pursuing retribution.


  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    No doubt Saban lawyered up, and wisely picked another battle.


    • Shocking that he didn’t consult with one of the numerous commenters here yesterday pointing out what a moron LeBron was.


      • Sanford222view

        ESPN didn’t do a good job of reporting (big shock) where the conflict was. They made it sound like Lebron was upset that the show took place in a barber shop and Saban did the same. I agree the show names and logos were very similar after seeing them. That wasn’t part of what ESPN aired. They just showed clips of Saban and LeBron commenting on the situation and it seemed like LeBron was saying the Bama showed copied his format/setting of being in a barber shop. I was agreeing with Saban on that. I agree with LeBron that the name and logo were awfully close.


        • AthensHomerDawg

          “………seemed like LeBron was saying the Bama showed copied his format/setting of being in a barber shop.

          I wonder why you thought that??????????

          “That’s exactly what I would think he would say,” James said. “But I built “Uninterupted” for a reason, for us athletes to have a platform to be able to speak your mind about whatever we want to talk about.

          “I respect him as a coach, but I’ll be damned if I allow someone to use our platform or Try to do the Same Thing We’re Doing and just think it’s OK.”

          Meh… move along nothing to see here. Lol. The real winners here are the attorneys for both sides. THEY put a lid on this.

          Nick’s Consigliere: Listen! Move on Don Nick. We don’t need a war. Give a him a small victory. The juice ain’t worth the squeeze. You can keep you show and your self respect..

          The King’s Man: Brother. Hear me…… it ain’t about the conversation—- its all about our logo. Damn man there are lots of barber shop shows. Look at Andy and his pals. It’s our logo and marketing rights…..its our image. That little man ain’t gonna take that away from us.
          We ain’t gonna let that stand!

          Well played lawyers.



          • Fun story, bruh.

            The pettiness might ring truer if schools weren’t so aggressive about protecting their own logos and trademarks. Not sure why James should be held to a different standard.


            • AthensHomerDawg

              “I think LeBron James is a great player,” Saban said during his press conference on Tuesday. “There’s been at least 20 barbershop-type things I’ve seen on TV, I didn’t know anybody owned that. I didn’t even know he had one. I’m sorry anybody could be offended by something we were just having fun with. I enjoyed it and we’re going to continue to do it.”

              So your sure James and Nick thought it was all about logos and trademarks in that initial exchange ….and not about the barbershop type things that James felt Saban had used.

              “The lawyers will figure it out.”

              The KIng: YOu guys got this?
              The Kings Men: Yeah.

              Guess they did.


  4. BCDawg97

    My thought is Bama knew they were poking the bear. Bad publicity is good publicity and all so they got the attention they wanted. Perhaps not that sinister but certainly a devil may care attitude if they got caught.


  5. I seriously doubt Saban or anyone at Bama gives a shit about giving up some silly little barbershop set.

    Lebron is going to protect his platform- that’s for damn sure.


    • LMAO. The name and logo changes must have been pure coincidences.


      • Of course they gave it up because Lebron made a stink. The point is I doubt they really care about giving up a silly barber shop theme set. Not that big of a deal to them, imo. I’m sure they can think of something else where someone doesn’t get their feeling hurt.

        Have you forgotten the process?


  6. LogDawg

    This gentleman would like to get in on the lawsuits as well….



  7. John

    The only stupid thing was that Saban and Lebron talked about it publicly at all. Have your lawyers send the letter then let them work it out. The point about the logo and similarity of the name are well taken. Lebron’s folks have a legitimate point about that.

    Lebron’s “our platform” “same thing we do” comments aren’t really relevant to the core issue which is that the name and logo are very similar and raised the profile of the issue higher than necessary (which often makes resolving such issues harder). Saban should have declined to comment about the letter from the get go.