In one of the final UDRP filings of 2016, legendary baseball player Curt Schilling has filed a UDRP against the CurtSchilling.com domain name. The UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization, and it is WIPO case #D2016-2642.
CurtSchilling.com has a creation date of October 22, 2012. Based on this creation date, my guess is the domain name was acquired via drop auction (or drop catching service) since the domain name had been previously registered. I do not see a public sale record for this domain name at NameBio, so that is a guess and I am unsure of the purchase price. At the time of publication, CurtSchilling.com forwards to SnackSmarter.com, which has a “coming soon” landing page with contact information on it.
For those who aren’t familiar with Curt Schilling, he is considered one of the best MLB baseball pitchers of all time. As a Boston Red Sox fan, I am especially appreciative of his effort during the 2004 season when the Red Sox won the World Series. A great deal of the team’s success was due to Schilling’s pitching and grit. Google “bloody sock game” to read up more on that if you aren’t familiar. Personally, I think Schilling should be in the Hall of Fame (without a doubt).
Schilling operates a blog on 38Pitches.Wordpress.com. Interestingly, he does not appear to own the 38Pitches.com domain name. During the past few years, Schilling has become more outspoken about a wide variety of political issues. In fact, Politico published an article about a potential run for public office for Schilling. Perhaps the UDRP was filed as a precursor to a run for office, since owning CurtSchilling.com would be beneficial for that purpose.
I will be following this UDRP proceeding.