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The NBA name game has turned into a guessing game...

The NBA name game has turned into a guessing game
for cybersquatters across the country


Mike Baldwin July 24, 2008

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Purchasing a domain name can be like buying a lottery ticket. Others simply want to start a Web site.

A study of domain names reveals many people, and companies, have tried to predict the nickname of a possible NBA team in Oklahoma City as far back as two years ago.

They're called cybersquatters, internet-savvy people who for $9.95 purchase a domain name, hoping it will some day have significant value. Most buy a domain ending in .com. Some buy a domain ending in .net.

Brian Campbell of Los Angeles purchased more than 30 domain names in late March and early April after the NBA relocation committee visited Oklahoma City.

"There can be huge money made in domain names if you happen to get the right one that someone really needs," said Quinton Smith, a representative for godaddy.com. "It's like real estate. If you own it, it's yours. There are domain squatters who make a good profit."

Of the 30 NBA teams, 26 have Web sites with only the nickname like bulls.com, celtics.com or lakers.com.

"Historically, we have pursued a variety of strategies for obtaining domain names, from simple acquisition to registering variations of the name," said Mike Bass, senior vice president for NBA marketing.

That's why KOCO reported last weekend that Thunder would be Oklahoma City's nickname. KOCO reported the company the NBA uses to register domain names purchased okcthunderbasketball.com on July 10.

If Thunder is the official nickname, will someone want to negotiate a deal with the NBA and owner Clay Bennett for rights to the domain name?

Thunder.com is tied to a communications company in Silicon Valley, Calif.

Campbell owns oklahomacitythunder.com.

Bobby Mercer, of Warr Acres, owns okcthunder.net.

Someone with Oversee.Net, which buys domain names in hopes of turning a profit, purchased okcthunder.com in February.

But everyone doesn't have dreams of getting rich.

Harry Milhisler and his son, Joe, of Edmond, purchased oklahomacitythunder.net on July 5, three days after Bennett announced the team was relocating from Seattle to Oklahoma City.

"My son and I are thinking about putting a website together where fans can blog and share their experiences," Harry said. "I'm from California but we moved here six years ago. I owned Hornets season tickets the first year. I'm thrilled we have an NBA team."

But some people hoped to hit the jackpot as early as July 2006. Numerous domain names were purchased by clients on godaddy.com, which has ties to Domains by Proxy in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Scott Gates, 36, of Novato, Calif., purchased two domain names in 2006, including oklahomacitywranglers.com.

"I'm a big sports fan and just took a crack at what the nickname might be when I first heard the Sonics might move to Oklahoma City," Gates said. "I don't know exactly what I expected I might get out of it. I do think Wranglers is better than Thunder."

Matt Emmons, of Richmond, Maine, purchased okcoutlaws.net on July 3.

"I love sports, and I'm a Kevin Durant fan," Emmons said. "After looking at polls I had read, a lot of fans were in favor of Outlaws. I just took a gamble in hopes I would get lucky.

"I wasn't out to get rich. But I figured I could sell it to someone wanting to set up a fan page or someone wanting to sell merchandise. I've only done this one other time. I bought jr88.net the day after Dale Earnhardt Jr. changed his number."

Many companies repossess trademark domains in hopes of turning a hefty profit. But for fans like Adam Brett, who purchased oklahomacityoutlaws.net on July 3, it's more of a hobby.

"I'm more into it for fun," Brett said. "If I actually ended up with the domain name that belonged to the team, I'd probably hand it over to them for some tickets."
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