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Eric Weddle sues Alka-Seltzer (yes, Alka-Seltzer)

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by CoronaDoug, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Well-Known Member

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    Eric Weddle sues Alka-Seltzer (yes, Alka-Seltzer)

    Posted by Mike Florio on April 21, 2011, 7:03 AM EDT


    During the lockout, players are looking for ways to generate revenue. Chargers safety Eric Weddle has turned to the legal system in search of some extra walking-around money.

    Agent David Canter forwarded to PFT last night a press release explaining that, on Tuesday, Weddle filed a “multi-million dollar lawsuit” against Bayer AG, Bayer USA, and Athlon sports for various claims arising from the use of Weddle’s image on boxes of Alka-Seltzer.

    “Part of this national marketing campaign was to place an image of our client Eric Weddle from when he was an All-American football player at the University of Utah on Bayer’s Alka-Seltzer antacid boxes,” the statement asserts. “These boxes appeared throughout the United States at various Wal-Mart’s, Walgreens, CVS’s, supermarkets, and local pharmacies. Additionally, the defendants used this same image of Eric to advertise and promote Athlon Sports’ college football preview magazine. Though this campaign never identified Eric throughout any advertisements, it was clear from the photo in question, that the image used was of Weddle, bearing the number 32 worn during his collegiate playing days at Utah. It is the same jersey number that Eric has worn for his entire NFL playing career.

    “At no time were Bayer AG, Bayer USA, nor Athlon Sports authorized to use this image for commercial purposes. Eventually Eric was left with no other recourse but to file this complaint in the Southern District of California.”

    Weddle, through Canter, had sent a letter to Bayer and Athlon demanding that the items bearing Weddle’s likeness be removed from stores. Apparently, they weren’t.

    Regardless of how it all turns out, it’s another example of the ongoing tension between college athletes and NCAA sports programs. If, as we assume, the materials displayed the Utah logo, Utah presumably was compensated.

    That said, there’s a good chance that Weddle signed over to Utah the ability to use his likeness without compensation.

    We’ll dig into this one some more, in large part because the only other story options at this point are lockout or draft.

    Eric Weddle sues Alka-Seltzer (yes, Alka-Seltzer) | ProFootballTalk
     
  2. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Well-Known Member

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    Insert Weddle joke here.
     
  3. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Well-Known Member

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    Found the picture of Weddle.

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  4. DenverBolt67

    DenverBolt67 BoltTalker

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    I hope he wins. Colleges making millions on these players has gotten ridiculous.
     
  5. wrbanwal

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    one of the quotes in the feedback section

    :lol::lol::lol:
     
  6. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    Does anyone here actually think Weddle is worth th 6.5-7 mil he wants? We're talkin Ed Reed/Troy P type money.
     
  7. DenverBolt67

    DenverBolt67 BoltTalker

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    No, but don't you think some team will give him close to that since he and Michael Huff are the 2 best safeties available this year, and there are a lot of teams that need safeties.
     
  8. HollywoodLeo

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    And this is why salaries escalate every year. (and then we pay more at the ticket gate to compensate)

    One year's free agency comes along and there isn't much on the market for a position but there's a huge need amongst the league so players get overpaid because teams are desperate.

    Then the next year comes along and someone who's actually worth that amount is a free agent. But wait! Eric Weddle is getting paid 6-7 million so now the agent of Troy P says he's obviously better than Weddle so now he deserves more than that! (Using Troy as an example, I don't know if he's a FA next year)

    This is even worse in baseball where there's no cap, which is why the Yankees pay half their roster 20 mil/year a piece.
     
  9. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    Surprised Nate Kaeding isn't suing then
     
  10. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Well-Known Member

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    I have to take one after his attempts.
     
  11. SanDiegoRon

    SanDiegoRon BoltTalker

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    Weddle tackles everybody....

    most of the time...
     
  12. Blue Bolt

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    More on the Weddle v. Alka-Seltzer case
    Posted by Mike Florio on April 21, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT


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    We know that many of you have been waiting all day for further information about Chargers safety Eric Weddle’s lawsuit, which arises from allegations that Alka-Seltzer used an image without authorization from his college football career at Utah on its packaging.

    Agent David Canter has given us some more information about the case. Though we surmised that the photo was authorized by Utah and that Weddle would have signed away his rights when accepting a scholarship, Canter says otherwise.

    “The image was photoshopped to take out all logos and intentionally darkened to make his shield cover his face but it was a photo readily used in all promo material and every time [Utah] discussed Eric,” Canter said. “They also didn’t get permission from Utah. A staffer pulled it off the Internet.”

    Canter also took issue with our suggestion (made in jest) that Weddle was resorting to the legal system as a way to fund the lockout.

    “The first paragraph of your story on Eric is a total misrepresentation of who and what Eric Weddle is,” Canter said. “There are few clients I’ve ever come across in my 15 years in this business more fiscally responsible and more fiscally stable than Eric and to portray him in any other way is not only erroneous but unfair. Eric is the most stable and incredible human beings I have ever come across and for a long time he debated taking any action because that’s not his nature.

    “This case was pursued after many many months of discussions with our staff and General Counsel internally and has absolutely zero to do with a money grab nor the lockout. Eric was wronged and thus is asserting his legal rights.”

    Point taken.

    Hopefully, that means I won’t be sued for adding to this story a photo of the Alka-Seltzer box with Weddle’s picture on it.
     
  13. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Where have you been brotha Ron?!
     
  14. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    So... I guess Eric disagrees with "Oh what a relief it is"?
     
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    Mormons aren't allowed to take Alka-Seltzer. :lol:
     

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