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According to the CNNSi Wikipedia page, “CNN Sports Illustrated (CNNSI) was a 24-hour sports news channel. It was created by Time Warner, bringing together its CNN and Sports Illustrated brands and related resources.” was the domain name that was used for the channel’s website.

I was looking at NameJet this morning, and I saw that was in pending delete status. currently has a $901 high bid at NameJet with 64 backorders. is currently registered at CSC Corporate Domains. Prior to the domain name entering its pending delete status, it was registered to Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., parent company of CNN.

I am surprised this domain name dropped given its history and value. Obviously a 4 or 5 figure sale wouldn’t mean very much to the former owner’s bottom line, but it’s still money that is going to be lost. That said, there may have been issues around selling or using the domain name since it contains two trademarks – CNN and SI (for Sports Illustrated). I am also surprised that they companies didn’t have some sort of deal in place for one of the companies to continue using the domain name, presuming it didn’t accidentally drop due to a forgotten renewal.

It will be interesting to see what drop catching service is able to catch It will also be interesting to see how much money the domain name sells for, considering its history. I presume there are lots of inbound links and likely traffic to the domain name as well. In fact, as Mike Berkens pointed out to me on Twitter, “the domain has an Alexa rank of 79 in the world & a Google PR of 8.

With the trademarks associated with this domain name, I will not be an active particpant in the auction. I backordered it at NameJet to follow the auction, and I will try to provide an update once the new owner has the domain name.

Update: was sold at auction.

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Comments (22)

    Jamie Zoch

    The apparent Alexa rank alone will jack the price up, but the fact is the 79 Alexa rank for “” is coming from holds the same rank as CNN, but why that is I’m not sure.

    May 1st, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Elliot Silver

    Looks like DropCatch caught it:

    May 1st, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Elliot Silver

    Here’s the auction at DropCatch:

    May 1st, 2015 at 3:23 pm


    Worthless domain.

    May 2nd, 2015 at 7:34 pm


      Worthless? Lol check out its backlink profile.

      In reply to John | May 5th, 2015 at 12:57 am


      Who is linking to it? Anyone?

      In reply to Brad | May 5th, 2015 at 1:44 am


      100K backlinks across 6700 unique domains. Pretty solid for a SEO domain.

      In reply to John | May 5th, 2015 at 1:52 am


      Really? And did you do a link search and discover a grand total of “0” links to this domain? I did.

      In reply to Brad | May 5th, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Elliot Silver

      I can’t imagine there are 0 links. In fact, I am quite sure there are thousands, simply because of its popularity in the 2000s.

      In reply to John | May 5th, 2015 at 9:31 am


      I did a Google link search for both www. and non-www. Both came up with no links at all, that’s all I know. Whatever this backlink profile is that Brad referred to, it would seem to me that 0 links on a Google link search would have to mean something. I’m all ears and open-minded to be convinced, as I imagine other folks here know more about other link search resources that I haven’t bothered with or am not aware of right now.

      In reply to Elliot Silver | May 5th, 2015 at 11:39 am


      Here are 4. Wikidpedia alone has 62 separate pages that link to and they are very authoritative in Google’s eyes.

      In reply to John | May 5th, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      Wealth Foundation

      What are you talking about?

      I just verified on that has approximately 87,000 backlinks coming from over 5,000 domains. This is one very valuable domain.

      In reply to John | May 5th, 2015 at 12:08 pm
      In reply to Wealth Foundation | May 5th, 2015 at 12:09 pm


      Okay, then why does a Google link search yield none?

      In reply to Brad | May 5th, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      Elliot Silver

      I can’t answer that, but I think you can confirm that there are links to it based on the links that were provided.

      May 5th, 2015 at 3:33 pm


      Then why does a Google link search yield none?

      In reply to Wealth Foundation | May 5th, 2015 at 3:32 pm


      This is not a “teach me seo” thread. It’s obvious and been proven there are links to it. Time for this to be over.

      In reply to John | May 5th, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      Wealth Foundation

      I concur.

      Some folks are just plain lonely though. 😉

      In reply to Brad | May 5th, 2015 at 3:36 pm


    So who’s going after which is about to drop, by the way?

    May 2nd, 2015 at 7:41 pm


    Lot of bids up yesterday, and everyone is apparently taking the day off today. Auctions ends tomorrow ~3 PM Eastern. As Spock would say, fascinating…

    May 3rd, 2015 at 1:12 pm


    LOL, 36 bidders on

    May 4th, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Elliot Silver

    Update: The domain name sold for $5,500. Interestingly, it was sold for much less than the price that was paid to acquire it back in 1997:

    May 5th, 2015 at 9:30 am

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