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DNVR Sports Files Injunction Against Bonneville Over Denver Sports Brand

“We can’t allow someone that represents the exact opposite of us to damage the goodwill of our brand or create confusion in the community.”

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After Bonneville International unveiled new branding for its Denver Sports properties, digital outlet DNVR Sports has filed an injunction to stop the radio company from utilizing the brand and logos.

In a Twitter thread, ALLCITY Network CEO Brandon Spano claimed DNVR Sports has already seen listeners, viewers, and readers confuse the two brands. “We can’t allow someone that represents the exact opposite of us to damage the goodwill of our brand or create confusion in the community,” Spano tweeted.

“Our branding was created purposefully, to be different from the way sports networks traditionally looked,” he said in another tweet. “To represent the city of Denver in a simple way while removing us from the gloss and pretentiousness of sports media. To create something that brings people together.”

Spano added that ALLCITY sent Bonneville a cease-and-desist letter last week, but claims the company failed to respond, so an injunction has been filed.

The Denver Sports branding utilized by Bonneville — which encompasses 104.3 The Fan and ESPN Denver — features a black and white city skyline as well as the Rocky Mountains inside a hexagon with block lettering. The DNVR Sports logo is a rectangle, similar to the city of Denver flag, with the sun centered between the mountain peaks and a block “DNVR” below the rectangle.

The complaint filed by StudioIP LLC — the law firm representing ALLCITY — claims the branding used by Bonneville constitutes “trademark infringement, unfair competition, trade dress infringement, dilution by tarnishment, and tortious interference arising out of Bonneville’s trademark infringement of Plaintiff’s trademarks,” according to Westword.

Bonneville has denied any wrongdoing, saying the accusations “have absolutely no merit, and our legal counsel is preparing a formal response. Denver Sports remains committed to delivering the most in-depth and inclusive local sports content for all Denver sports fans.”

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Eagles Coach Nick Sirianni Calls Out Angelo Cataldi in Postgame Press Conference

“I can’t wait to talk to Angelo on Monday.”

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Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni’s Monday morning interview with WIP host Angelo Cataldi will certainly be a topic of interest following this past weekend’s NFC divisional playoff game.

Sirianni, in his postgame press conference on Saturday night, mentioned Cataldi by name when talking about Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon.

“Sometimes I have to hear some things about Jonathan Gannon, and I don’t know if it’s you guys,” Sirianni said in response to a question from WIP Eagles reporter Eliot Shorr-Parks. “Might be more other people. I won’t say names – Angelo — right?”

Cataldi, who will be retiring when the Eagles season ends, isn’t the only host in the city who has called Gannon out when the defense played poorly, but Sirianni said it blows his mind that Gannon critics would have something to say following Philly’s 38-7 victory over the Giants.

“So, every time I hear an answer about Jonathan Gannon, I laugh to myself,” Sirianni said. “As a matter of fact, coaches from other teams ask me, does Jonathan Gannon get shit here? I’m like, somehow, yeah. Like this guy is incredible.”

“I can’t wait to talk to Angelo on Monday,” he added.

The Eagles will play the 49ers on Sunday in the NFC championship.

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Derek Wolfe: Pat McAfee Talks About Me Like I’m Batman

“There was no like ‘hey we got a problem cat – there can only be one apex predator.'”

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Super Bowl champion and 104.3 The Fan host Derek Wolfe made some headlines late last week after he posted a photo of a mountain lion he hunted.

The story became the topic of discussion on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday after it made the rounds. Later that day Wolfe and co-host Darren “DMac” McKee got a huge kick out of how McAfee and company described the story.

“This dude heard there was a rural town in the mountains over there where local dogs were getting feasted upon by one of these local lions and they didn’t know what was gonna happen next because of how big this lion was,” McAfee told his audience. “And Derek Wolfe, if I read the story correctly, put his f***ing bow and arrow on his back, trekked up some Rocky f***ing Mountains, found this lion in the lion’s home, shot it with an arrow, was gonna put that f***er on his back, walk back into the village and say ‘I got the killer’ or whatever, the thing that’s been f***ing demonizing us, fell down the face of a f***ing mountain while the lion was on his back, allegedly. Falls, gets back up and walks back out of there. You’re talking about, what is this? The year 550? 660? This feels like a story from way back.”

“That’s the funniest take I’ve heard on it so far,” McKee said Friday on The Drive. “That’s really great. Good job, guys.”

At one point in McAfee’s telling of the story, he makes Wolfe out to be the lone person capable of hunting down the big cat. Wolfe said he wasn’t Batman.

“There was no bat light,” Wolfe said. “There was no like ‘hey we got a problem cat – there can only be one apex predator.'”

Wolfe did appreciate how the story was told, and he said for those who want to take issue with what he did, he wanted to make sure people were aware that at least in Colorado mountain lions can be a nuisance.

“Before you pass judgement on me and my lifestyle, maybe go look and see how many cats there really are roaming around Colorado,” he said. “It’s not like there’s 10-15 cats running around. There’s thousands and thousands of male lions running around.”

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Original Trail Blazers Radio Voice Bill Schonely Dies

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The Portland Trail Blazers are mourning the loss of the team’s first radio broadcaster Bill Schonely, who passed away over the weekend at age 93.

Schonely called Blazers games beginning with the franchise’s inaugural season in 1970.

“Bill was a warm, engaging and sharp person – always up for a joke, a keen observation or a kind remark,” team president of business operations Dewayne Hankins said in a statement. “His mark on the organization, the state of Oregon and all of sports broadcasting will be felt for generations.”

Schonely was the pioneer of the “Rip City” moniker that the team has embraced throughout the years.

“It took a little while for that phrase to catch on,” Schonely said in an interview with The Oregonian last year. “I had no idea that all of this was going to happen, but it did and wherever you go … it’s humbling to me, but it’s ‘Rip City.’”

Schonely is a 2012 Curt Gowdy Media Award winner given by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The award annually recognizes members of print and electronic media for outstanding contributions to basketball. Additionally, Bill was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.

Bill Schonely called 2,252 games, including Portland’s run to an NBA championship in 1977. He only missed 28 games before he retired at the end of last season.

Schonely started out doing news and sports reports on Armed Forces Radio while stationed in Guam as a Marine in 1948. He had additional stops in Baton Rouge and Seattle before being hired by Blazers owner Harry Glickman ahead of the team’s first season.

Schonely’s wife Dottie was at his side when he passed.

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