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16 Mahoning Co. businesses sued over Pavlik fight



Published: Tue, February 16, 2010 @ 12:01 a.m.

Each establishment is being sued for $150,000.

Staff Report

YOUNGSTOWN — A company that said it had exclusive televi- sion distribution rights to the Feb. 16, 2008, Kelly Pavlik vs. Jermain Taylor boxing championship fight has sued 16 Mahoning County bars and restaurants.

The company’s lawsuit says the establishments showed the fight without permission.

Each bar or restaurant is being sued for $150,000 in the complaints, which were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, which includes the county.

Jeffrey L. Koberg, the Cleveland lawyer who filed the suits Thursday and Friday on behalf of the distributor, J. & J. Sports Productions Inc, of South Pasadena, Calif., did not return a call to his office seeking comment.

Listed as defendants are: Dave’s Somewhere Else, 2426 Mahoning Ave.; Giacchetta’s, 3310 Mahoning Ave.; the Handle Bar, 1666 Mahoning Ave.; the Dash Inn, 2716 Mahoning Ave.; the Voodoo Lounge, 4740 Mahoning Ave.; Dubic’s Palm Cafe, 301 Steel St.; Davidson’s Restaurant, 3636 Canfield Road; Mojo’s Pub and Grill, 5423 Mahoning Ave.; Dee & R’s Place, 3114 South Ave.; Irish Bob’s Pub, 3602 South Ave.; the Tangier Bar, 880 Youngstown-Poland Road, Struthers; Dickey’s, 23 N. Meridian Road; Gavo’s Sports Bar, 3661 Mahoning Ave.; Billy’s Bar, 40 S. Meridian Road; Bill’s Place, 4771 Mahoning Ave.; and Cosmo’s Tavern and Grillery, 1722 S. Raccoon Road.

The complaint against Dave’s Somewhere Else says the bar showed the fight “with full knowledge that the program was not to be intercepted, received and exhibited by entities unauthorized to do so.”

Calls to some of the business owners for comment were not returned.


Comments

11970mach1(1005 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

"Put them all out of business. All a small business is is a racket where one or two people (the owners) get rich, while the workers are exploited and the customers are ripped-off."

Wow, I didn't think you'd have time to post here, Barack.

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2Harley_Guy(117 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Why isn't YSG listed in this complaint? It's common knowledge that they showed the fight without permission; in fact, the Vindicator ran an article about YSG showing the fight a couple of days later.

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3Woody(452 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

What about Pavlik's place in Struthers. Thought I read a report that they showed it as well.

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4Jon(27 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

@ Woody
Pavlik's bar was not open in February 2008. You may be thinking of a different fight.

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5Photoman(1005 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

These businesses stole what other businesses paid for and they illegally profited from it. Isn't that theft?

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6Woody(452 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Jon,

Did not see the date. Thiught they were talking about the last one where they had the Blackout.

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7Cassie(88 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

I would like to wait and see what their defense is--at least hear both sides of the story. It seems like a shame that, for whatever reason, businesses cannot show the fight when we have all supported Kelly Pavlik. It seems as if some accommodation could be made for businesses in his home area. Also, comments about small businesses are completely out of order--we certainly NEED small businesses in this area--big businesses certainly have not been very good to us in terms of employment if they can move out of the country and employ foreign workers for a pittance.

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8mrblue(999 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Wait until all the facts are in before passing judgement. If in fact they are guilty, then fine them. I am sure that some will close down.

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9redvert(2075 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Let me ask this question, how were these bars able to show the fight? Did they illegally steal a signal or did they just broadcast a fight that was telecast over the air? Seems to me that you have to sign up ahead of time to receive the signal and the charge automatically goes on your bill.

Hopefully someone can clarify it.

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