Accusations are flying that The Los Angeles Lakers are illegally using the famous “charge cheer.” A man by the name of Bobby Kent claims that he created the chant back in 1980 when he was a musical director for the San Diego Chargers.
Since that time, he has registered for a copyright.
Kent became aware of the Lakers using his chant during their games and contacted them back in 2010 and was paid $3,000 for a one-year license to use the song.
Kent is now suing the Lakers because he says that license has not been renewed and plans to charge them $150,000 for every time the song was used since the license expired.But our friends over at TMZ have done some digging around and found some information that might affect Kent’s claims to own the song.
Apparently, The Flintstones used it in one of their TV show episodes back in the 1960’s. http://www.tmz.com/videos/0_9414wtnt) (Video Clip)
AND, a similar “chant” from the bugle call exists way back in the famous Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava during the Crimean War in 1854!
So it seems Kent’s claims don’t really align with some of these facts. He might want to drop his CHARGE against the Lakers and RETREAT!