Dr. Dre Just Lost A Trademark Battle To A Gynecologist Named Dr. Drai

first_imgBringing this wonderful tale to an end, The US Trademark Court recently dismissed Dr. Dre’s case against the Dr. Drai trademark. Given that Dr. Dre is a rap superstar and Dr. Drai is a gynecologist, the two are on fairly divergent career paths, and the Trademark Court noted that the chances of fans becoming confused between the two are slim to none.[H/T Billboard] It turns out that for three years, Dr. Dre has been in a heated trademark dispute with a gynecologist and actual doctor named Draion M. Burch, who more commonly goes by Dr. Drai. Dr. Drai has become a media personality over the years in his own right, having published books like 20 Things You May Not Know About The Vagina and increasingly hosting seminars and events around the country.Burch attempted to trademark his nickname, Dr. Drai, back in 2015. However, Dr. Dre tried to block the trademark, citing that the similarity between the names was confusing and could suggest a connection between the hip-hop mogul and the gynecologist. In response, Burch fought Dre’s assertion, more or less responding that it wasn’t confusing because he is a real doctor and Dr. Dre is not.As the motion stated, “It is not likely that consumers will recognize Applicant’s Dr. Drai’s marks as referring to Dr. Dre because Dr. Dre is not a medical doctor nor is he qualified to provide any type of medical services or sell products specifically in the medical or healthcare industry.”Dr. Drai also explained that he doesn’t even want to be associated with Dr. Dre, noting that the rapper’s lyrics are misogynistic and homophobic and that those views are “a bad reflection on me as a doctor.” Hilariously, Dr. Drai also noted that he should be able to use the moniker, Dr. Drai, because “That’s my name.”last_img read more

Rain-hit cricket World Cup may cost insurers millions – industry sources

first_imgLONDON, England (Reuters) – Lost revenues from a record number of rain-hit Cricket World Cup games in England and Wales may result in insurance claims of a few million pounds for each abandoned fixture, insurance sources say.Broadcasters, organisers, venues, advertising sponsors and catering establishments are among firms to have missed out after four matches were called off in an exceptionally rainy June.Due to the hectic nature of the tournament, which features 48 one-day matches between May and July, finishing on July 14, there is no opportunity to reschedule, except for the semi-finals and final.Companies typically buy contingency, or cancellation, insurance for sporting events, which covers everything from rain stopping play to terror attacks.Lloyd’s of London insurer Beazley estimated, for example, that the Football World Cup in Russia in 2018 was insured for more than $10 billion (£8 billion), including cover for property damage and cyber breaches, as well as cancellation.Insurers say cover for the less-popular cricket equivalent will be much lower.Star India has the global media rights for the cricket tournament but has licensed further rights to sports broadcasters in other countries.However, it is likely to have lost at least £1 million for each abandoned match, insurance specialists estimate, as it gains huge advertising revenue in India for a popular sport in a nation of more than one billion people.Star India did not respond to requests for comment.There are 123 advertising spots for broadcasters in a World Cup match, after each of the 100 overs and 20 wickets and during refreshment breaks, said Jonathan Ticehurst, a director at Lloyd’s of London insurance broker Bishopsgate, who has arranged insurance for previous Cricket World Cups.Broadcasters buy contingency insurance, as “in the event of no play, they are not able to charge” the advertisers, he said.TICKET SALES The fixtures, several of which were sold out, also attracted ticket sales of at least a few hundred thousand pounds each, with larger games likely attracting sales of more than a million pounds, based on Reuters estimates.Spectators get all their money back if no ball is bowled, or if the game is abandoned after a short period of play.The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), which gets the revenue from the ticket sales, said it had an insurance policy against matches being called off, but declined to comment further.Star India likely took out contingency insurance from Indian insurers, but reinsurance may have been provided by the specialist Lloyd’s of London market, insurers said.Reinsurers share the burden of large losses with insurers, in return for part of the premium.The ECB will likely also have bought insurance from the Lloyd’s market, along with county teams whose grounds were booked for the rained-off matches, industry sources said.The local teams will buy insurance against lost sales from the venues’ bars and restaurants, sources said.But insurers may also have required clients to bear the losses themselves for one, two or even three abandoned games, specialists said. At four matches, they are likely to be able to claim insurance, if not before.“Insurers probably looked at the calendar and reckoned you would not go through the whole World Cup without two or three games being rained off,” said one underwriter.“They will probably charge a two-game or three-game excess.”The four abandoned matches were all at smaller venues. An abandoned match at a bigger ground in London, Birmingham or Manchester over the remaining 3-1/2 weeks of the tournament would have an even greater financial impact, insurers say.last_img read more

Mike Tyson in ‘One Night’: Anthony Joshua ‘never got hit like that before’ in loss to Andy Ruiz Jr.

first_img“(Joshua) knows he’s in trouble,” Tyson continued. “He knows he’s in a lot of trouble.”The “One Night” documentary, which was produced with Sylvester Stallone’s Balboa Productions, provides an in-depth look back on how Ruiz became the first fighter of Mexican descent to become a heavyweight champion. In addition to Tyson and Douglas, it also features interviews with Stallone, Evander Holyfield, Sugar Ray Leonard and others.The rematch between Ruiz and Joshua is only a couple of weeks away, taking place Dec. 7 in Saudi Arabia on DAZN. Heading into the third round, everything was going according to plan for Anthony Joshua when he faced Andy Ruiz Jr. on June 1 at Madison Square Garden.He controlled a fairly uneventful first two rounds, and it appeared to be a matter of time before he dispatched Ruiz and moved closer to an undisputed heavyweight title clash with Deontay Wilder. Early in the third, it looked like Joshua had the fight in hand when he sent Ruiz to the canvas with a left hook. “He got hit with the big one,” former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson said on DAZN’s “One Night” documentary, which details the historic evening that saw Ruiz pull off the monumental upset. “I didn’t think he would get up.”Not only did Ruiz get up, but he also came back with a vengeance. Joshua blasted Ruiz with a right hand, but Ruiz ate the punch and fought back with shots of his own. Ruiz threw a left hook that hit the side of Joshua’s head — which changed the complexion of the fight and perhaps Joshua’s career.”His equilibrium. That’s your equilibrium,” Tyson said, pointing to the side of his head (at about the 18:45 mark of the documentary). “He’s OK. His body is f—ed up. He never got hit like that before.”Watch Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 plus more than 100 fight nights a year on DAZN​Joshua got up, but didn’t look right whatsoever. With time ticking away in the round, it appeared Joshua would survive without taking more significant damage. But with about 15 seconds remaining, Ruiz stalked Joshua to the corner and uncorked a barrage of heavy shots.”Once you get him hurt, you throw everything,” Tyson said. “The whole f—ing load.”When he got back up to his feet, referee Michael Griffin asked Joshua to walk toward him after the knockdown. Joshua, with a glazed stare in his eyes, didn’t move. Griffin, though, didn’t wave the fight off, and Joshua survived the round. “(Griffin) could have stopped it,” said James “Buster” Douglas, the former undisputed heavyweight champion and the man who gave Tyson the first loss of his career. “He gave him the champion benefit of the doubt, which is normal.””Trying to save him,” Tyson said. “Trying to give him time.last_img read more