There’s a story in Sports Illustrated with details on talks that have been ongoing between The Hardys and Anthem over the “Broken” trademarks. The story noted that they are not actually fighting over the trademark since it’s not trademarked by either side but they are fighting over its ownership.
Another new detail revealed in the story was about Impact’s offer to Matt and Jeff. The story noted that Impact tried to sign Jeff Hardy to a lucrative deal but only offered Matt a fraction of what he was making. Matt, according to the story, was promised a spot on the creative team but the offer was later rescinded by Jeff Jarrett.
As most of you know by now, things got ugly on social media after the brothers left the company but they were able to come to terms on a settlement in recent weeks with The Hardys agreeing to pay $10,000 to $15,000 for rights to the “Broken” trademarks. Reby Hardy noted on Twitter that the deal would have included a non-disparagement clause that included a $1,000 fine for the first offense and $5,000 for subsequent offenses. The Hardys also agreed to publicly issue a statement, ending things on a good note. However, the deal breaker was Anthem was reportedly asking for 50 percent of all Hardy revenue, which included Jeff Hardy’s art and music.
If this ends up going to court then things could get really ugly. The SI story noted that the footage filmed at The Hardy compound was not paid by TNA, Reby says that no child labor laws were signed for her son Maxel Hardy, and her father, Senor Benjamin, was not paid for any of his work. The story states that an unfavorable ruling could be bad for Impact, with the possibility of them losing their space at Universal Studios. The SI article, which you can read by clicking here, from Justin Barrasso is a good read.
In the meantime, it looks like tweets from The Hardys will continue until a deal is signed.
— REBORN by FATE (@MATTHARDYBRAND) July 13, 2017