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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Not Cybersquatters; Domain Name Sales Named As "WEB POACHERS" As N.M. Games Neglect To Renew Domains




"Hultberg says the owner of the two domains, someone not directly affiliated with the New Mexico Games whom he declined to identify, failed to re-register them. That made them available for poaching."






"The loss of the two dot-com sites, he says, “is our fault in a sense.”"

"In a sense" Ya Think? And this is Frank's problem?

Via Albuquerque Journal

Over the past 23 years, the New Mexico Games’ roster of events has undergone many changes. Sports have appeared, disappeared and reappeared.

Web-domain poaching, executive director Fred Hultberg promises, will never be a New Mexico Games event.

The games’ longtime website, nmgames.com, now belongs to an outfit called DomainNameSales.com. That goes, as well, for newmexicogames.com – a domain that had been available in reserve.

“Somebody just scarfed it up from us,” Hultberg says.

The 24th annual games now have a new website, newmexicogames.org. Still, Hultberg says he hates having lost the original domain, causing confusion among people hoping to register online for basketball.

DomainNameSales.com, he says, wanted $2,000 for buyback of nmgames.com and $10,000 for newmexicogames.com. That was out of the question.

In the meantime, the games’ Facebook page was bombarded with posts asking what happened to the website.

“Basketball is our biggest thing,” Hultberg says. “… You ought to see the (number of) people that can’t figure out what’s going on.”

The loss of the two dot-com sites, he says, “is our fault in a sense.”

Hultberg says the owner of the two domains, someone not directly affiliated with the New Mexico Games whom he declined to identify, failed to re-register them. That made them available for poaching.

Hultberg went to Camp Pros, an organization that specializes in online registration sites for sports camps, and acquired newmexicogames.org for the price of $14.

The new site is up and running, and online registration is available for basketball and indoor volleyball. The rest of the games’ sports, Hultberg says, will follow.

NEW MEXICO GAMES
— This article appeared on page D2 of the Albuquerque Journal

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