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MLB pays $1.2 million for Rockies.com

Jan 8, 2013, 1:17 PM EST

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Until now the website Rockies.com had been owned by something called Tourism Canadian Rockies and was used to promote the Rocky Mountains, but Josh Leventhal of Baseball America reports that MLB has purchased the domain name for $1.2 million.

According to Venture Capital Group it’s the largest price ever paid for a sports-related website and a significantly higher price than the domain name was expected to generate via auction.

Leventhal notes that MLB now owns 26 of the 30 “dot-com” domain names for teams, with the Rays, Rangers, Twins, and Giants the holdouts. Giants.com is owned by the NFL team, while the other three are owned by non-baseball companies that apparently don’t want to sell.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Jan 8, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    I still remember when MLB.com was owned by a local Philly lawfirm called Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. They actually GAVE MLB.COM to Major League Baseball for free, because they were a client.

    • number42is1 - Jan 8, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      I still remember when there was no internet cause Al Gore hadn’t blessed us with it yet.

      • kirkvanhouten - Jan 8, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        Hey, can we drop this nonsense now?

        http://www.snopes.com/quotes/internet.asp

        Claim: Vice-President Al Gore claimed that he “invented” the Internet.

        Status: False.

        Origins: Despite the derisive references that continue even today, Al Gore did not claim he “invented” the Internet, nor did he say anything that could reasonably be interpreted that way. The “Al Gore said he ‘invented’ the Internet” put-downs were misleading, out-of-context distortions of something he said during an interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s “Late Edition” program on 9 March 1999. When asked to describe what distinguished him from his challenger for the Democratic presidential nomination, Senator Bill Bradley of New Jersey, Gore replied (in part):
        During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country’s economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system.

        Clearly, although Gore’s phrasing might have been a bit clumsy (and perhaps self-serving), he was not claiming that he “invented” the Internet (in the sense of having designed or implemented it), but that he was responsible, in an economic and legislative sense, for fostering the development the technology that we now know as the Internet. To claim that Gore was seriously trying to take credit for the “invention” of the Internet is, frankly, just silly political posturing that arose out of a close presidential campaign. Gore never used the word “invent,” and the words “create” and “invent” have distinctly different meanings — the former is used in the sense of “to bring about” or “to bring into existence” while the latter is generally used to signify the first instance of someone’s thinking up or implementing an idea. (To those who say the words “create” and “invent” mean exactly the same thing, we have to ask why, then, the media overwhelmingly and consistently cited Gore as having claimed he “invented” the Internet, even though he never used that word, and transcripts of what he actually said were readily available.) –Snopes.com

      • dcfan4life - Jan 8, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        Hard to believe we have only had internet for 20 years. Most people cant imagine a life without it. Imagine talking smack to someones face, most people on this site would piss themselves haha.

  2. El Bravo - Jan 8, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    rangers.com is future media architects…fma.com (“Future Media Architects is an Internet development company with a global presence”)

    twins.com is under construction but owned by Durland & Darvin Miller

    rays.com looks to be a sweet cafe and boathouse in Seattle that makes me yearn for fresh seafood

  3. uwsptke - Jan 8, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Meanwhile, Jerry Jones is still trying to wrestle “cowboys.com” away from a group that is using it as a gay internet dating website. True story.

  4. eriknatsfan - Jan 8, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    I’ve spent many a weekend at Ray’s Boathouse eating Dungeness crab, enjoying Hefeweizens w/ orange slices and watching the sunset over Puget Sound. Awesome joint.

  5. johnnyb1976 - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Al Gore shouldn’t be allowed to have his name on anything ” American “, cause he isn’t an American.

    • kirkvanhouten - Jan 9, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      Huh?

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