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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.

© 2011.

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Amazon, Google, and Symantec to fight for .cloud domain name

June 13,,, Domaining, Domainnamewire, google, symantec, top level domains, UncategorizedComments Off on Amazon, Google, and Symantec to fight for .cloud domain name

Seven applicants to compete for .cloud top level domain include some really big internet giants.

Seven applicants filed requests with ICANN for the .cloud top level domain name — and three of them are heavyweight contenders., Google, and Symantec Corporation are all in the running for the domain name. They’ll be competing against some smaller competitors including,,, and Top Level Domain Holdings.

If the seven can’t work out a deal as to who will run the domain then the domain will proceed to an auction. With such big pocketed companies going after this one, it could easily go for millions of dollars.

The bigger question: if it’s worth millions of dollars.

© 2011.

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TLDH: Digital archery may have technical bugs

June 11, 2012antony van couvering, digital archery, Domaining, Domainnamewire, tldh, top level domains, UncategorizedComments Off on TLDH: Digital archery may have technical bugs

Big new top level domain applicant finds odd results with digital archery system.

Digital archery, which creates a secondary timestamp for new TLD applications that will determine how they are batched, is run through ICANN’s TLD Application System (TAS).

This is the same system that was taken offline for over a month due to a security glitch that allowed some competing applicants to see limited data from other applicants.

So you don’t suppose there could be problems with digital archery, too?

One of the larger top level domain applicants, Top Level Domain Holdings, Inc., says it has discovered some odd results in the digital archery test system that may point to technical problems.

[Update: ICANN confirmed there was a problem. It wasn't with the recorded data, but only displayed data. Still, this doesn't instill confidence.]

TLDH has built a system designed to get good results in digital archery. But its tests have shown strange outliers when it clicks 1 to 5 milliseconds earlier than the target time in digital archery.

Of course, it’s entirely possible this is something on TLDH’s side. But ICANN doesn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt anymore.

ICANN has responded to TLDH’s blog past on Twitter, saying “we’re aware of the issue you raised & are looking into it…” and asking others with similar issues to notify it.

I still stand by my claim that digital archery is a very dumb idea. I think Antony Van Couvering does a good job of explaining why in his post.

© 2011.

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Hey buddy, it’s probably too late to trademark .NYC

May 2,, .nyc, .shop, Domaining, Domainnamewire, new tld, Policy & Law, top level domains, trademarksComments Off on Hey buddy, it’s probably too late to trademark .NYC

A good way to waste $325.

The guy who just recently wasted his money filing a trademark application for .music is at it again.

Joseph Walker DBA ExtraWeb Ent just filed trademark applications for .nyc and .shop.

New York City has already announced plans for the .nyc domain name and has selected a registry partner to bring it to market.

Numerous companies want to bring .shop to market as well.

Both of these applications will be summarily rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

But I’ll give some clever points to Mr. Walker for filing this as if the marks are in use in commerce already. He attached a screenshot of supposed web sites at and to his applications.

Strange. I can’t get either of those sites to load.

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8 TLDs I’ll Express an Interest In

December 8, 2009Domaining, Domainnamewire, expression of interest, icann, Policy & Law, top level domainsComments Off on 8 TLDs I’ll Express an Interest In

At $100 a pop, I’d submit an Expression of Interest for a bunch of new top level domain names.

Tomorrow ICANN’s board will consider accepting “expressions of interest” for new top level domains from applicants. On DNW Radio a couple weeks ago, Minds + Machines founder Antony Van Couvering suggested that these expressions of interest require a $55,000 payment. I agree that a substantial fee should be required to make it predictive of actual applications.

Others have suggested a lower fee, such as $100. At that price point, count me in. I want to throw my hat in the ring for a handful of new TLDs, just for the fun of it. Here are 8 TLDs I want and why.

.Catholic – The Pope won’t be excited about this. But think of the marketing opportunity! I’ll charge $1,000 per domain, which includes forgiveness for one sin or a marriage annulment.

.Things – The .sport Policy Advisory Council thinks no one should be able to apply for a TLD that falls “below” .sport, such as .basketball. So I’ll apply for .things and say .sport shouldn’t exist. I figure I’ll save .sport a lot of wasted money, anyway. Who would really want a .sport domain name?

.xxx – I’m just pushing along the arbitration process here.

.Comm – This stands for communists. Seriously, that’s the only reason I want one of these.

.Mobile – Can .mobi fight this?

.Park – All domains under .park will be parked.

.Advertising – Uh oh, here come AOL’s lawyers.

.You – After seeing how much fun people had thinking up names like, I think this TLD will be a hit.

Feel free to add your own.

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