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Six ex-Bears file “Super Bowl Shuffle” lawsuit

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Six players on the 1985 Bears have filed a lawsuit over the use of their famous “Super Bowl Shuffle,” saying that the proceeds from the song should go to charity.

The players (Richard Dent, Jim McMahon, Otis Wilson, Willie Gault, Mike Richardson and Steve Fuller) are suing Julia Meyer, who owns the rights to the song and Renaissance Marketing Corporation, which licenses it. They say the song was always intended to be a charitable fundraiser.

“Among other things, the plaintiffs seek that a constructive trust be established for charitable purposes that they select in order to continue the Super Bowl Shuffle’s charitable objective,” the players’ attorney told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Walter Payton rapped in the song, “We’re not doing this because we’re greedy. The Bears are doing it to feed the needy.” But there have long been disputes about how much money from the song has actually gone to charity. The players filing the lawsuit want to make sure that in the future, all of it does.

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15 Responses to “Six ex-Bears file “Super Bowl Shuffle” lawsuit”
  1. alshonbrandontandem says: Jan 31, 2014 1:26 PM

    You’re looking at the Fridge, I’m the rookie, I may be large but I’m no dumb cookie….love that song. Da Bears

  2. beardinals says: Jan 31, 2014 1:32 PM

    Good on ya

  3. elliottcovert says: Jan 31, 2014 1:32 PM

    But they ain’t here to cause no trouble!

  4. doctormantistoboggan says: Jan 31, 2014 1:35 PM

    My god, I look forward to the day when the ’85 Bears and ’72 Dolphins are no longer with us and we don’t have to hear about these turds once a week.

  5. russellwilsonismymvp says: Jan 31, 2014 1:35 PM

    Seahawks should have done one this year.

    Sea 34-17 over a deer in the headlights MegaHead. Take it to the bank.

  6. cajunaise says: Jan 31, 2014 1:39 PM

    Dent, McMahon, Wilson, Gault, Richardson and Fuller aren’t lookin’ to cause no trouble…

  7. granadafan says: Jan 31, 2014 1:44 PM

    At first I thought the ex-players were being greedy, but they just want the proceeds to go to charity as they initially intended. I can’t fault them for that.

  8. browns627 says: Jan 31, 2014 1:47 PM

    can we just seal the video in a capsule along with Cyndi lauper, bon jovi and the ateam so we can get past the 80s already.

  9. goodknave says: Jan 31, 2014 1:56 PM

    A Browns fan saying “get past the 80s?” I would think that of all people, you would be embracing them.

  10. neko02011980 says: Jan 31, 2014 2:31 PM

    Is this a joke ??

  11. fordmandalay says: Jan 31, 2014 2:31 PM

    Because the $6.37 the song earns per year can feed a family of 4 one Big Mac combo meal.

  12. queenlivekillers says: Jan 31, 2014 5:45 PM

    How many times has this been played in the past fifteen years? Maybe ten? Even in Chicago this is passe. Come on, man. These guys should throw some money in a hat and donate it to a charity. That would mean more, financially speaking.

  13. rextraordinaire says: Jan 31, 2014 6:04 PM

    When I read the headline, I assumed it was about a couple of broke former players looking to use their past glory to help pay off their debts.

    Instead, I read about a couple of ex players who only want to see that something they did for charity is in fact, being used for charity.

    Not that the Super Bowl Shuffle is by any means making money anymore, but God bless their intentions.

  14. joetoronto says: Feb 1, 2014 5:29 AM

    Never has a team walked the walk after talking the talk, like the 85 Bears did.

    Everyone knew they were going to win and that they would win easily too.

    That was one special team.

  15. winninaintsinnin says: Feb 6, 2014 4:09 PM

    You spoke too early about “never has a team walked the walk…”

    Hawks beat the #1 offense in the HISTORY of the NFL.

    Bears? Second rate offense in 1985.

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