An amateur sports podcaster wants to put the New York Rangers in the penalty box for allegedly stealing his voice and using it in their commercials.
Anthony Rivardo, a senior at Stetson University in Florida who runs the “Fireside Rangers” podcast, is suing the Blueshirts and Madison Square Garden, claiming they “ripped off” parts of his work.
Excerpts from Rivardo saying, “What could propel Rangers to have the perfect dream year” and “I think there’s another really exciting year in store for the New York Rangers” are appeared in the Original Six team’s ‘Time is Now’ promotional campaign – but the team didn’t get his permission and didn’t pay him, he claims in Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit .
“Fireside Rangers” has 700 subscribers and more than 76,000 views, but neither of the two August podcasts the team used in its ads has had more than 1,500 views, Rivardo said in court documents.
The team “scoured hours of Anthony’s podcast episodes, stealing his voice and commentary from at least two episodes and implanting it directly into a forty-second commercial video ad,” he alleged in the legal file.
“Rangers pay close attention to Anthony, sifting through hours of his YouTube videos to extract sound clips for inclusion in commercials that use Anthony’s voice and likeness commercially, while not paying a penny to Anthony,” he claimed in the lawsuit. .
Rivardo, who could not immediately be reached for comment, is seeking unspecified damages.
Madison Square Garden did not immediately comment on the allegations.