A few weeks ago, I noticed that the Whois had changed for the Pelicans.com domain name, and Marksmen was listed as the registrant. Neither the domain broker nor a representative from Marksmen would confirm what I assumed, that the NBA was the buyer for Pelicans.com.
According to the most recent and current Whois information, the NBA did purchase the Pelicans.com domain name, and it will be used by the New Orleans basketball team that will be known as the Pelicans beginning next season.
When Media Options was brokering Pelicans.com, the asking price for the domain name was $125,000. I am not sure what the final sale price was, and since all parties are closely held, it’s likely that the sale price will not be made public.
At the moment, Pelicans.com is forwarding to the New Orleans Hornets website, and I am sure that it will be used as the team’s website once the name change occurs.
Congratulations to the NBA on making this wise acquisition, and congratulations to the Pelicans band that was the seller of the domain name. The deal came together quickly, likely because of the expertise of Media Options and Mark Monitor, which ensured a smooth transaction.