.sports

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Status: Proposed
Registry Provider: Demand Media
Type: Generic
Category: Sport
PIC Submitted: Download Here
Priority #: 753 - Donuts (Steel Edge, LLC)

.sports is a proposed TLD in ICANN's New gTLD Program. The applicant is Donuts (Steel Edge, LLC). Two other applicants have applied for the singular version, .sport.[1] One of those applicants, SportAccord, filed a Community Objection against this application.[2]

Application Details

Many of Donuts' applications, including this one, seem to have been applied for using the same boiler-plate application in which the TLD is defined as a means of providing greater expression on the Internet and will be an open TLD without pre-registration policies. It notes its plans to adhere with all registration policies required by ICANN and its intent to have remediation and takedown policies clearly defined to fit within these requirements. Pre-registration verification will not be used and this as defined as causing "cause more harm than benefit by denying domain access to legitimate registrants." They intend to control abuse through "extensive user and rights protections."[3]

String Confusion Objection

SportAccord won a String Confusion Objection it submitted to the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), asserting that .sport and .sports were confusingly similar. Donuts was the only applicant for .sports and will now be in contention for .sport as panelist M Scott Donahey sided with SportAccord. The decision was made in part because the word "sport" is also a collective noun, making it synonymous in some cases with the word "sports."[4]

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