Jose Lambiet

Miami Heat sues beauty school chain, saying sponsorship bill wasn’t paid

Miami Heat officials have more on their mind than finding a contender to field for the upcoming season, and a replacement for the dearly departed Dwyane Wade.

The team’s busy suing a local chain of beauty schools over an unpaid bill for a grand total of $18,593.

According to court records, the Heat filed a lawsuit in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court last month against Beauty Schools of America, a chain of hair-dressing and cosmetology schools with campuses in Miami, Miami Beach, Hialeah, Homestead and West Palm Beach.

What happened?

The NBA team says BSA has yet to pay sponsorship money it has owed since 2014, back when LeBron James still wore the black and red.

According to a copy of the contract that bound the team with BSA, the $250,000-a-year “official partners of the Heat” deal included kiosk displays at the arena, a banner on the Heat’s official website, the distribution during games of promotional materials, a couple appearances by cheerleaders and Burnie and 250 tickets for employees, among other features.

The deal also included a separate bill for BSA ads and graphics on TV displays and the Jumbotron.

And that’s what Heat officials contend the schools have not paid.

Neither schools CEO Sandra Marino nor the Heat’s attorney returned calls and emails for comment.