According to the Media Options newsletter I received this morning, the Pelicans.com domain name is now for sale with a price of $125,000. I think this is interesting because it has been reported that the NBA basketball team in New Orleans will be renamed from the Hornets to the Pelicans. In fact, Yahoo Sports revealed the what is said to be the new logo.
It appears that a Louisiana-based web designer owns the longer domain name, NewOrleansPelicans.com, although I am not sure if he bought it on behalf of the team or on his own. Whatever the case may be, the team would most likely want the shorter Pelicans.com domain name.
At the present time, Pelicans.com is owned by a band called The Fabulous Pelicans. They’ve already changed the url for their website, and if you visit Pelicans.com, you’ll be forwarded to PelicansBand.com.
Three years ago, I shared the percentage of exact match domain names owned by NBA basketball teams, and nearly 80% of teams owned their exact match .com domain name. Since then, it doesn’t appear that any of the teams that didn’t own the .com were able to acquire the matching .com domain name.
The New Orleans Hornets own Hornets.com, and it’s very likely that if they do change nicknames to the Pelicans, the team will want to buy Pelicans.com. Now would be a good opportunity since it appears to have just come on the market.