As is being reported by Kevin Harrish, On3 founder and CEO Shannon Terry is suing Jeremy Birmingham in a effort prevent him from reporting on Ohio State football. Mr. Terry alleges that Mr. Birmingham is violating the non-compete contract that he signed after On3 acquired the site Lettermen Row back in 2021.
“On3 invested in Mr. Birmingham’s career,” the lawsuit reads. “By virtue of his employment, Mr. Birmingham had the opportunity to become acquainted with On3 advertisers (and potential advertisers), On3 users and subscribers, and others with whom On3 has had a business relationship. Additionally, Mr. Birmingham’s employment with On3 enabled him to enhance his social media following and visibility. Mr. Birmingham was in a position to garner more name recognition within the general public and generate more followers.”
For his part, Mr. Birmingham argues that he is not bound by the non-compete because he resigned "with cause".
“I have not violated any non-competition obligation to On3 Media and, if it persists with this lawsuit, I look forward to having this matter decided by a court of law,” Birmingham said via his attorneys.