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Great Moments in the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry

Feb 22, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

red sox and yankees logos

The long epic battle between the Yankees and the Red Sox is played out mostly on the baseball diamond. But there are minor skirmishes here and there. Like the time that the guy in Florida bought the domain name matching the name of the Red Sox’ new spring training complex and directed it to the New York Yankees’ website:

As of Tuesday afternoon, typing into a Web browser resulted in the New York Yankees homepage being unfurled onto the screen.

“It does?” said Sam Kennedy, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Boston Red Sox, when told Tuesday afternoon. Kennedy then watched as Red Sox senior adviser Charlie Steinberg typed onto his phone. “We’re going to have to look into that.”

But it wasn’t a Yankees fan who did it. Just some dude who lives in Fort Myers who thought it would be funny. Seems he just bought the domain last year before anyone associated with the Red Sox thought to do it.

Good thing the Stop Online Piracy Act is still in legislative limbo. If it was the law now the Red Sox probably would have the legal right to have the man shot. For starters.

  1. cur68 - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Dang, I was hoping this was another New Era commercial. I could see Alec Baldwin behind such a plot.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 22, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      – You drove all the way here just to punch me in the face?!?!?!!
      – No, I ran…

  2. kellyb9 - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Maybe they can’t shoot him, but domain name squatting can lead to legitimate legal action by the trademark holder (in this case the Red Sox). Maybe he thinks its funny, but if I were him, I’d wash my hands of it and give the domain name to them.

    • okobojicat - Feb 22, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      If he’s squatting and making a profit, then yes, they have a legal right. But as long as he’s not making money from the URL, then Red Sox legal actions are limited.

      • kellyb9 - Feb 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM

        My mistake… you’re correct. Typically in these cases, the owner tries to sell the domain name at an exorbitant rate.

      • marshmallowsnake - Feb 22, 2012 at 1:47 PM

        I would…well, a reasonable rate at least.

      • Callidus - Feb 22, 2012 at 8:45 PM

        Actually that’s not entirely true.

        The domain has to be registered with the intent to profit if they were to file suit under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, but there is an alternative remedy available through ICANN. ICANN has a Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy that virtually all domain registrars agree to be bound by in order to receive ICANN accreditation as a registrar.

        The UDNDRP is an arbitration system that is available for trademark holders that does not require an intent to profit. In order to file a grievance with ICANN, the domain needs only to 1) be identical or confusingly similar to a trademark held by the complainant, 2) the domain owner has no legitimate rights or interests in the name, and 3) the domain has been registered and is being used in bad faith.

        All three of those elements are pretty clearly met here, since the domain name is the park name, the domain owner isn’t actually running any sort of business or operation called Jet Blue Park, and the fact that the domain points to the Yankees’ site. If the UDNDRP arbitrator finds for the claimant, then they have the power to order reassignment of the domain name to the trademark holder.

        Granted, there is no possibility of any extra damages award with this route, but it is an avenue the Sox could use to seize ownership of the domain.

  3. hasbeen5 - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Damn computer nerds

    • Old Gator - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:58 AM

      Now if Anonymous got ahold of it, one shudders with delight to think of the possibilities….

  4. missthedayswhenwedidnthavetologin - Feb 22, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Yep…is spring training here yet? Oh wait…

  5. caeser12 - Feb 22, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    As a Yankees fan since 1967 I can no longer sit here and take all of this Yankees/Red Sox “rivalry’ BS. Listen up, there is no Red Sox/Yankees “Rivalry”. The “rivalry” is a media driven, made up farce to drive up ratings. Here me out.

    My Knicks have won a total of two (2) championships while the Celtics have won 17, SEVENTEEN, no one, NO ONE calls that a rivalry. These two teams play in the same place as their baseball teams but yet Knicks fans don’t even attempt to talk trash when it comes to basketball.

    So tell me, how in the hell is winning 2 championships in 90+ plus years , comparable to the Yankees 27, TWENTY-SEVEN!

    Stop the madness, I get the close proximity of the teams (hell the entire Northeast is close), but stop all of this “rivalry” talk, its gotten to be a little nauseating.

    Only BSPN cares about that crap, we the fans just root for our teams.

    Go Yanks!

    • cur68 - Feb 22, 2012 at 1:16 PM

      caeser, this was covered far more eloquently in the matter of Baldwin v. Krasinski. To wit, this passage:
      “John, John, John for the last time this is not a rivalry. Just like fire does not have a rivalry with kindling. Lawn-mowers don’t have a rivalry with grass. America doesn’t have a rivalry with Costa Rica.”

    • bbgraf08 - Feb 22, 2012 at 1:25 PM

      Poor argument.

    • deadeyedesign23 - Feb 22, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      Knicks Celtics aren’t a rivalry because BOTH of those teams have largely been terrible for the last 20 years.

    • 18thstreet - Feb 22, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      Yes, that’s why you commented. Because you don’t care about the Red Sox.

  6. deathmonkey41 - Feb 22, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Damn, I need to go out and claim before someone else does.

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