According to The Hollywood Reporter, Natural Resources Media & Technology Group has filed a lawsuit against the Snoop Youth Football League Foundation (SYFL).
The complaint, filed last week in New York Supreme Court, claims that a deal they made for a reality television series showcasing Snoop's role in his son's football league violated a previous deal made with 20th Century Fox for a feature film based on the same premise.
The suit details how the deal, which was made last June, gave them exclusive rights for pay-per-view, cable, home video and other video footage provided they offer up over $100,000 for the project and split profits with the league. The planned series would have featured on-and-off the field coverage of Snoop interacting with the SYLF players, ages 9-12, leading up to their championship "Snooperbowl" game.
After learning of the Natural Resources production, 20th Century Fox sent a letter to Natural Resources, as well as other companies involved, alerting them that Fox holds "exclusive rights to portray Snoop in any motion picture or television project or other production based on Snoop's involvement with his sons' football teams and leagues."
"Fox already has made a huge investment in our project and if you continue to move forward with your television project in violation of Fox's rights, it will severely impact the viability of our theatrical motion picture," Michael Ross, Fox's senior vice president of legal affairs wrote.
Fox's feature film Coach Snoop is currently in development.
According to their lawsuit, Natural Resources halted production on the project after receiving the Fox letter and the "parties with whom plaintiff had contracted for the recording and broadcasting of the event withdrew from their agreements and ceased recording the events."
The complaint also alleges that after receiving the Fox letter, Natural Resources informed Snoop that he was in breach of their contract by failing to own the rights his foundation licensed.
"They did not respond to our request that they cure the breach," Bradley Rosen, the attorney for Natural Resources said.
Natural Resources is seeking $250,000 in damages plus attorney's fees for the single cause of action for breach of contract. 20th Century Fox is not named as a defendant in the suit.