A Massachusetts sportswear company is suing Nike, Inc. and the NBA Hall of Fame, claiming breach of contract and fraud related to the sale of sportswear linked to Michael Jordan's upcoming induction into the Hall. SportsFuzion claims that since 2006, it has been the owner of the exclusive worldwide rights to the Hall of Fames trade names, logos, trademarks, designs, and photos for use in sportswear through 2012.
In a statement, SportsFuzion said that more than three years ago, it had created a detailed marketing plan around a product line for Michael Jordans induction into the Hall of Fame and entered into the exclusive worldwide license agreement with the NBA. The NBA then set up numerous meetings with Adidas/Reebok, Mitchell & Ness and others regarding potential partnerships. Beginning in the Fall 2006, SportsFuzion met multiple times with top executives from Nike's Brand Jordan unit.
Nike officials said they were reviewing the complaint but believed the case had no merit.