CKX, which also owns the rights to former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali's name and image, might have a better shot at other such deals as a private company, since celebrities are often reluctant to have their financial dealings made public, said Bear Stearns analyst Christopher Ensley.Now this CKX of mention is said, earlier in the article to be...
the New York-based company that controls all things Elvis...and they do have a website that has a small Ali logo over on the right-hand side.
Now I'm okay with the whole marketing Elivs thing. He's dead.
But - and I could be wrong about this as I don't see the guy on any regular basis - I'm pretty sure that Muhammad Ali is still alive. I mean, he did apparently just buy a house in Jefferson County (where Louisville is, donchaknow).
How can a company own the rights to a living person's name and image?
Does this mean that Ali has had to revert back to his old name because he doesn't own the rights anymore?
Has Ali had to stop signing autographs?
Can he no longer have his family take pictures of him when they get together at Thanksgiving?
What's the deal?