Ohio State files suit against casino over name of concert venue

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State University has filed a lawsuit in an effort to prevent a Cincinnati casino from naming its concert venue “The Shoe.”

 The university, which uses the nickname for its horseshoe-shaped Ohio Stadium in Columbus, filed the trademark case with the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board against the Horseshoe Cincinnati casino.

The casino is owned by Caesars Entertainment Corp. and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Its concert venue is using the name “The Shoe.” The casino applied to register it as a trademark in 2013.

Ohio State is trying to block that application, saying Ohio Stadium and the casino compete with each other.

The suit states the casino has held concerts and other musical acts and that Ohio Stadium has also hosted musical performances.