Hot on the heels of announcing it was providing back-end registry support for the .RUGBY TLD, MINDS + Machines has added .BASKETBALL to its stable, having been appointed by FIBA, the world governing body for basketball, to provide back-end registry services the gTLD.
“We are honoured to be partnering with FIBA and ROAR Domains LLC on this application,” said Peter Dengate Thrush, rugby fan and Chairman of Top Level Domain Holdings. “Basketball is a global sport embracing a community of more than 450 million people. We believe the .BASKETBALL domain can have an important role to play in promoting the sport and enhancing the community of federations, clubs, players and fans.”
If its application is successful, FIBA will be able to supply relevant and available domain names for people, entities and organisations with an affinity for basketball, that do not currently have any particular domain space catering to their specific needs. Accordingly, FIBA will provide those users with a trusted and secure domain space that is consistent with industry standard service levels.
“The decision to apply for .BASKETBALL is fully aligned with FIBA’s mission to unify the basketball community, along with the promotion and development of our sport,” said FIBA Secretary General and IOC Member Patrick Baumann. “This domain name concerns our 213 National Federations as well as all other basketball stakeholders worldwide.”