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NCAA threatening to sue local pickleball promoter over name of his organization

Douglas Masters, managing partner of Loeb & Loeb’s Chicago office, is quoted in an article by The San Diego Union-Tribune, discussing the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA’s) potential trademark infringement suit against Noah Suemnick for organizing a large collegiate pickleball tournament.

Noah Suemnick, a recent graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University, has been promoting a pickleball tournament under the name “National Collegiate Pickleball Association” set to take place next March in Spring Valley.

In a comment to the publication, Douglas highlighted that the NCAA has no problem with Suemnick staging pickleball events involving colleges–it’s the use of “association” which is misleading since Suemnick operates independently, not as a college association like the NCAA. “We’re hoping they can tweak the name. We want to work them, but recently they’ve taken a more aggressive stance,” Douglas said. 

To read the full article, visit The San Diego Union-Tribune’s website.