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NBA, MLB, and NFL apply for top level domains

June 13,, .mlb, .nba, Domaining, Domainnamewire, nfl, top level domains, UncategorizedComments Off on NBA, MLB, and NFL apply for top level domains

Are you ready for .baseball?

The United States’ three biggest professional sports leagues have applied to ICANN to run their own top level domains.

As I predicted, Major League Baseball applied for .MLB. It also applied for .baseball. It will face a play-off with .baseball though, as Donuts Inc also applied for the domain. Donuts is the largest new TLD applicant, and submitted the application through its Silver Pass, LLC company.

National Basketball Association applied for only one domain, .nba. It applied under the name NBA Registry, LLC. As a sign of its perhaps defensive intent with the domain, its application email address is — the same address to send copyright violations to. Three parties submitted applications for .basketball.

National Football League also applied for its moniker, .nfl. Two companies applied for .football, but the NFL is sitting that one out.

It doesn’t look like the the National Hockey League or PGA applied for top level domains.

Update: I see that Major League Soccer applied for .soccer.

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Cleveland Browns Win Domain Name

May 10, 2011cleveland browns, Domaining, Domainnamewire, nfl, Policy & LawComments Off on Cleveland Browns Win Domain Name

NFL team gets rights to domain name.

The Cleveland Browns football team just scored a big win off the field.

A World Intellectual Property Forum panel awarded the team the domain name in arbitration.

According to the football franchise, the owner of the domain name used the page as a parked domain name with pay-per-click links to football topics. When the team reached out to the owner of the domain name, the name of the owner in the whois database suddenly changed.

The team said that the “previous registrant” has lost all 26 UDRP complaint brought against him. It suggested that the name change was merely a pseudonym in an attempt to avoid a UDRP proceeding.

Although “Browns” could certainly be used as a family web site for the Brown family, the usage in this case doomed the domain name owner.

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