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Cubs Fan Buys Red Sox Spring Park Domain Name

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Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine during spring training at JetBlue Park. Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine during spring training at JetBlue Park. Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

There isn't a lot of Cubs news today, so I thought I'd tell you this story.

About a year ago, JetBlue Airlines bought the naming rights for the Red Sox' new spring training park in Lee County, Florida.

That gave Eric Engelman, a Cubs fan, an idea. The Ft. Myers News-Press picks up the story:

The next day, Engelman said he opened his wife’s godaddy.com account and saw that jetbluepark.com, the domain name, was for sale.

Engelman bought it. He said he paid $8.

"I just thought it would be fun to have," Engelman said.

But the real fun is where you wind up if you click on jetbluepark.com. Go ahead. Click on it. You know you want to. (Don't ruin it for anyone else by posting the answer in the comments, though.)

The more interesting part of this story, of course, could come when MLB's attorneys get wind of this:

In 1999, Congress passed the Federal Lanham Act, which was designed to prevent "cybersquatting" on Internet domain names.

"The law was designed to give trademark owners strong rights under federal law to those who were squatting on similar domain names for other purposes," said [Fort Myers attorney Bill] Noonan, who specializes in intellectual property and trademark infringement cases. "Are they doing something not for a legitimate purpose but to extort a company?

"Now this is an interesting case, because there was no JetBlue Park at the time he bought the domain name. I’m not sure how this would be litigated. This isn’t in bad taste.

"It has a certain degree of playfulness and humor and satire, that kind of a thing."

In the meantime, a Cubs fan is having some fun at the expense of the Red Sox and Yankees. And that can't be a bad thing.