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Cleveland Browns File UDRP for Browns.com

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Despite the uncertainty surrounding the current labor situation in the National Football League, the Cleveland Browns have filed a UDRP for the Browns.com domain name.  The cellar-dwelling Browns, who finished 5-11 last season, use ClevelandBrowns.com for its website.

Browns.com has been owned by a registrant in Italy for a number of years. The Whois History results for this domain name go back to 2003, and it appears to me that it's been owned by the same entity. At the moment, Browns.com does not resolve.

It does look like there might have been football-related links on the domain name at one point, although the owner may not have control over what links were displayed. I find it strange that the football team has taken so long to file a UDRP for the name though, since they must have known another entity has owned it for so many years. → Read More


NFC & AFC Champions: Generic Domain Names

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The AFC Championship and NFC Championship games were played tonight, pitting the New York Jets against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Bears against the Green Bay Packers.

The NY Jets use NewYorkJets.com for its website and the Pittsburgh Steelers simply use Steelers.com.

The Chicago Bears use ChicagoBears.com and the Green Bay Packers simply use Packers.com.

As you are probably aware, the two teams with the team name .com domain names won their respective conference championship. The Super Bowl that will be played in Dallas will feature a matchup of Steelers(.com) vs. Packers(.com).

If only the Dallas Cowboys had acquired Cowboys.com.... although they still can by using Sedo. → Read More


Dallas Cowboys Suck, But Cowboys.com Now Available for Sale via Sedo

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It looks like rookie Sedo domain broker (but veteran domain investor)  Dave Evanson has scored a touchdown with this recent catch. According to the landing page on Cowboys.com, the domain name is now for sale with Evanson quarterbacking the transaction.

The Cowboys.com domain name has had an interesting recent history. Previously it was a country western website, and it then went to auction at the TRAFFIC conference. A representative for the NFL's Dallas Cowboys had the winning bid of $275,000 at the live auction, but it turns out that he apparently thought the price was $275 rather than $275,000. It was later sold at the silent auction to a group of domain investors.

The group originally had some big plans for the domain name, but any time you get a group of A-type personalities on a project, it can be difficult to make headway. As the saying goes, it looks like there were "too many chiefs, but not enough firefighters." You can see two videos from the Cowboys.com party embedded below (via YouTube).

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NFL Does it Right With Ticket Exchange

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TicketmasterI've written three different articles about this topic before, criticizing large companies for advertising either Twitter or Facebook urls in lieu of their own brand. For instance, I think it's dumb for Best Buy to advertise Twitter.com/twelpforce, despite having control over that Twitter handle.

In this case, I want to give props to the NFL for the way they are advertising the new Ticket Exchange program.   During the Saints vs. Vikings game Thursday evening, the first regular season NFL game of the year, the NFL advertised the url for the Ticket Exchange program, directing visitors to NFL.com/TicketExchange.   Instead of landing on the NFL's website, visitors are immediately directed to TicketExchangeByTicketmaster.com, a website owned by ticketing company, Ticketmaster.

Not only is the NFL url easier for people to remember than the long Ticketmaster url, the NFL can also control this traffic. They should be able to track this traffic, and they are building the NFL brand rather than Ticketmaster's brand.

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Dolphins.com UDRP Update

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Miami DolphinsAs reported last week, the Miami Dolphins filed a UDRP for the domain name, Dolphins.com. According to domain registrar and brand protection company, Mark Monitor, Dolphins.com is now owned by the National Football League (see screenshot below), although the DNS has not been changed nor the domain forwarded to the Miami Dolphins website.

A few days ago, I noticed that the status of the UDRP filing was listed as Suspended, and now the domain name has been transferred, despite the current PPC links. A Suspended proceeding generally means that the two sides either reached some sort of agreement about the UDRP proceeding or a lawsuit was filed to prevent a ruling.

Although I don't have any details about what was worked out in private, perhaps it will be reported in a future public corporate filing.

Dolphins.com Whois → Read More