TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Singer Heidi Merrill and three songwriters are suing the NFL, NBC and country star Carrie Underwood over the theme song to Sunday Night Football, according to CNN.
The artists filed the suit in federal court Wednesday alleging their song “Game On” was plagiarized by the defendants.
Merrill claims she pitched the song to Underwood’s producer, Mark Bright, in 2016, but he passed on it.
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The theme song to SNF was replaced for the 2018 season with a different song called “Game On,” performed by Underwood.
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Merrill claims Underwood’s version is a copyright violation of her work.
“This is a blatant attempt by a celebrity singer to rip off other artists’ work, and it won’t be tolerated,” Merrill’s attorney, Sam P. Israel, said in a statement to CNN. “It’s indefensible to steal music created by hard-working songwriters and then broadcast that theft on national television.”
CNN reported Thursday that it reached out to the NFL and Underwood for comment, but had not yet heard back.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.