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Showing boxing match could cost bar owner thousands

Hand Promotions is seeking statutory damages in excess of $20,000, plus additional fees.
Blue Bar closes its doors as city of Dothan prepared to revoke it's license to sell alcohol. Photo from December 2, 2019.
Blue Bar closes its doors as city of Dothan prepared to revoke it's license to sell alcohol. Photo from December 2, 2019.(WTVY News 4)
Published: Oct. 2, 2020 at 10:57 AM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -The owner of a defunct Dothan bar will likely be ordered to pay hefty costs for illegally televising a professional boxing match. A judge has given Blue Bar and Grill owner Andre Barber until October 22 to file a motion explaining why a summary judgment should not be issued.

Joe Hand Promotions filed a federal lawsuit against the bar, claiming it illegally showed Floyd Mayweather’s 2017 victory over MMA star Conor McGregor on multiple screens.

Hand Promotions is seeking statutory damages in excess of $20,000, plus additional fees. While a judgment seems likely, collecting that money could be difficult.

Records show legal correspondence sent to Barber has been returned, marked “undelivered.”

The city of Dothan, in January, rescinded Blue Bar and Grill’s privilege license because it failed to remit city taxes. Barber was also found guilty of operating without a businesses license, per records.

Blue Bar shut the doors of its rented building in November 2019.

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