New TLD process submission closed

June 5th, 2012

On 30th May, ICANN finally closed the registration system to submit applications for new top level domains names. This was not without pain. The system originally opened in March 2012 for a period of one month. However, the system was hacked. There were (and still are) fears that hackers could access confidential information about other applicants. ICANN took the system down for inspection and repair and finally reopened it in early May. Applicants could then file their applications.

ICANN has received 1930 applications in total,  much more than the expected 500, for which ICANN had adapted its approval process. This all means that applications will be examined in batches. Those who will be lucky to be in the first batch might be able to start operating in early 2013, if all goes well. At least, that is only two years behind the initial timeline.  For the unfortunate that will be part of the next batches, let us hope they have enough cash-in-the bank to survive until ICANN approves their application.

The applications will be placed in batches based on a lottery type selection which ICANN describes as “kind of like a game of digital archery”. That’s right, you are betting your business and several hundreds of thousands of dollars on an online game. Fortunately, all applications for the same string, e.g. “.sport” will be processed in  the same batch. ICANN says there are 230 strings in contention.

How many applications there are for “.sport” will be reavealed on 13th June. Once the list is revealed, do expect that some applicants for the same string will find synergies and eventually “merge” their applications.We here at DotSport®, will be watching closely.

Offers to pre-register in .sport are scams

September 8th, 2011

You may have been offered by some companies to pre-register your domain in .sport (and other new TLDs). We wish to make it clear that the DotSport Registry has not appointed any company to take pre-registrations, and is not in a position to honour their commitments. If you think you have identified a “killer” domain […]

A whole new world of opportunities for new Top Level Domains

November 11th, 2010

Yesterday, ICANN announced it lifted a major restriction on new Top Level domains (TLDs).  Under the previous rules, a TLD operator, like .sport, could not have been a domain name registrar (a retailer, for short) at the same time. The new rules lift that restriction.  This opens a new world of opportunities. Let’s examine that. […]

Update on the new top level domains process

October 19th, 2010

We have been silent for a while because we thought most people would not be interested in the intimate details of the new top level domains process currently before ICANN, the body that needs to authorize these new top level domains (TLDs, for short) . Too much information may not be useful to those without […]

ICANN Seoul summary

November 2nd, 2009

The ICANN Seoul meeting is now over, and our team came with some good news and no so good ones. The not so good news is that the ICANN staff does not commit to any timeline for the introduction of new top level domains. The previous information saying that applications for new top level domains like […]

ICANN publishes New gTLD Applicant Guidebook Version 3

October 5th, 2009

ICANN has published today the third draft of the Applicant’s Guidebook for new Top Level Domains. This is a huge pile of information that will require several days to digest.  At first sight, the current version does not change a lot with regard to our .sport proposal. There are still concerns in the Internet domain […]

New DotSport Logo

August 24th, 2009

The new DotSport Logo has arrived. We hope you will like it.

DotSport takes the lead on Internet technology

July 14th, 2009

The DotSport Domain Name Registry is proud to announce it went one step further in providing the best technology for the sport community. The DotSport web site is now supporting IPv6 and DNS Decurity Extensions (DNSSEC). IPv6 is required for the future growth of the Internet. It is expected that in three or four years […]

.Sport at the US Congress hearing on “Oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)”

June 5th, 2009

The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a hearing titled, “Oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)” on Thursday, June 4, 2009. In his testimony before the Congress, Dr. Paul Twomey, CEO of ICANN, highlighted the strong interest of the Internet community for new Generic Top Level Domains. Along […]

DotSport founder joins ICANN’s SSAC

March 2nd, 2009

Luxembourg, Luxembourg and Mexico City, Mexico – 02 March 2009 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The DotSport consortium announced today that his founder, Patrick Vande Walle, has been appointed to the Security and Stability Advisory Committee of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The Security and Stability Advisory Committee advises the ICANN community and […]