Prankster Redirects JetBluePark.com To Yankees Website
It seems the Red Sox' naming rights check list left off one important item when announcing their deal with Jet Blue for the team's new spring training facility. The team forgot to register the website domain for JetBluePark.com.
Instead, a guy named Eric Engelman registered the domain name JetBluePark.com last May a day after hearing that the Red Sox had announced a naming rights agreement with the airline. Engelman, a Cubs fan, decided it would be funny to redirect the domain to the official website of the New York Yankees. And that's where it stayed until team officials apparently discovered the prank yesterday.
After being notified of this on Tuesday, Sam Kennedy, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Boston Red Sox, said “We’re going to have to look into that.”
All is not lost though for the club. Should they not be able to negotiate an amicable agreement with Engelman to recover the domain, there is some legal precedent for settling similar cybersquatting cases that may allow the team to recover the site. Nevertheless, the issue and a lot of headaches could have been resolved for around $8 by snapping up the domain prior to the naming announcement.