NBA legend to get $8.9m from supermarket over unauthorized ad

Dominick’s in 2009 used Jordan’s name in a commemorative ad in Sports Illustrated when the former Chicago Bulls superstar was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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NBA legend, Michael Jordan would be getting $8.9 million from management of defunct supermarket, Dominick.

According to reports, the legendary sportsman was awarded the sum of money by a Chicago jury on Friday, August 21, 2015 in a case against a Dominick which included his name in a promotion without his permission.

“I’m pleased with today’s verdict. No one — whether or not they’re a public figure — should have to worry about their identity being used without their permission,” Jordan said in a statement.

Dominick’s in 2009 used Jordan’s name in a commemorative ad in Sports Illustrated when the former Chicago Bulls superstar was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Lawyers for the now-closed grocery store chain — which was taken over by Safeway — had said Jordan should receive $126,900 for the unauthorized use of his name.

Jordan argued that he wouldn’t have accepted such a deal based on his endorsement history and his legal team determined with the help of a sports economist that using his name in the ad was worth $10 million.

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