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Ohio State University Sues Cincy Casino

Big Ten School Files Trademark Case Over Concert Venue


The Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati wants to keep its concert venue called “The Shoe” but the Ohio State University is crying foul.

The Shoe is the nickname for OSU’s football stadium and the university thinks that the casino about two hours south competes with it for business. OSU’s football stadium sometimes holds concerts as well, when not being used for sports. The Buckeyes are currently the no. 2 ranked college football team in the country.

OSU filed the trademark case this month with the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, according to the AP. The casino attempted to register “The Shoe” as a trademark in 2013.

Ohio State registered “The Shoe” as a trademark in 2006.

The case comes not long after Caesars Entertainment, which once owned a piece of the casino, announced that it is leaving the Ohio casino market completely. Caesars will no longer be managing the properties in Cincinnati and Cleveland. Dan Gilbert’s Rock Gaming, which owns the casinos outright, will be renaming them by the middle of next year.

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