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MLB buys Athletics.com domain name

May 17, 2012athletics.com, Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, major league baseballComments Off on MLB buys Athletics.com domain name

Major League Baseball makes another big domain acquisition.

Just a couple days ago I was revisiting a post I wrote in 2010 about Major League Baseball’s domain names. The only change to the list since I posted was MLB picking up Angels.com.

But this week MLB picked up another one. Jamie Zoch of dotWeekly discovered that the league just bought Athletics.com.

That leaves just five teams that MLB doesn’t own the “exact” domain name for. Of the remaining domains, Rockies.com and Twins.com seem like they would be the most “available” given their current use and owner.

Now, let’s go back to something I tweeted about on Monday:

MLB has been paying a couple hundred grand per domain it acquires. It also got a late start with domain names. Itwasn’t the original owner of MLB.com. MLB.com was owned by one of the league’s law firms. (You can read the fascinating story of its transfer here.

All things considered, I bet Major League Baseball applies for .mlb. I don’t know if they’ll use it, but it’s relatively inexpensive and worth picking up just in case. And this just may be one of those cases where a brand needs to apply for a domain to keep someone else from getting it, since MLB could stand for multiple things. Like a law firm.


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Angels.com Sells for $200,000

August 31, 2010Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, major league baseball, sedoComments Off on Angels.com Sells for $200,000

Broker sells Angels.com domain name.

Sedo has sold the domain name Angels.com for $200,000 according to the company’s updated sales feed. The domain name is currently pending transfer.

Earlier this month I pointed out that the domain being listed for auction presented another chance for Major League Baseball to pick up the domain name. Major League Baseball tried to get the domain name through a UDRP filing earlier but failed. At the time the seller wanted $300,000 for the domain.

At $200,000, I’d be shocked if MLB didn’t buy this domain. Angels.com is one of just 7 team names that the league doesn’t own. It passed on a chance to buy Athletics.com at the DOMAINfest auction, but don’t be surprised if they come to a deal on that later. The league forwards the domains to its MLB.com web site.


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MLB Has Another Chance to Get Angels.com

August 19, 2010Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, great domains, major league baseballComments Off on MLB Has Another Chance to Get Angels.com

Angels.com is up for sale at a reasonable price.

Yesterday Major League Baseball passed on buying Athletics.com, one of seven team names it does not own the domain for , at the DOMAINfest auction. But next week it’s getting another chance at Angels.com, which is up for auction at GreatDomains with a reserve price of $100,000-$250,000.

The owner of the domain name had previously offered to sell it to an unidentified agent working for MLB for $300,000. The league balked and filed a UDRP against the owner, but MLB lost.

Filing a UDRP after failing to buy a domain creates a lot of bad will that could be carried over into a negotiation. But the domain is now in a live auction, which means no negotiating will be required. Given the price range, I wouldn’t be surprised to see MLB pick up the domain.


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