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Local men win control of "Play Hard Pray Harder" in settlement with Josh Hamilton

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Two North Texas men have won ownership of the "Play Hard Pray Harder" phrase in a legal battle against former Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton.

Tyler Mileger began using the slogan "Play Hard Pray Harder" several years ago playing college golf. He joined up with Josh Eckel to start a Dallas-based Christian inspired sports clothing line that gives back by paying it forward.

They went all in, spending thousands to print clothes with the phrase.

Six months later they learned that Josh Hamilton, a five time MLB All-Star, was also using the phrase and trade marking it under the company name ScriptureArt.

Mileger and Eckel got a lawyer and filed suit and after legal wrangling over who used the phrase when and how much.

Hamilton's lawyers said the slugger had used the phrase in clothing and when promoting other items, like a book he wrote.

The suit came down to who sold over state lines first and Hamilton's side eventually decided to settle with Mileger and Eckel.

The two now retain control of the phrase and paperwork to get rid of the suit in the courts has been filed.

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