US Sporting Bodies Flock to '.tickets' Domains

LONDON, Jan. 18, 2016 /CNW/ -

  • Accent Media sells '.tickets' domains to every team in Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Football League (NFL), and the National Basketball Association (NBA) as well as a number of teams in the National Hockey League (NHL) 
  • London start-up building presence in American entertainment, following 'Broadway.tickets' announcement late last year 
  • Trend highlights marketing and rights protection focus of US sports as an industry 

The '.tickets' web address, owned by London-based start-up Accent Media, has seen an immediate and total uptake from the US sporting community. Top US sporting bodies have flocked to the domain with MLB, the NBA and the NFL purchasing names for every one of their teams, as well as league and premium names such as 'nfl.tickets' and 'superbowl.tickets'. Several NHL teams have also purchased names.

Some European sports teams have been quick to snap up '.tickets' names, with top flight teams such as Real Madrid C.F. and Manchester United joining the roster, but the comparative uptake is a clear indication of US sporting bodies' unrivalled organisation when it comes to rights protection and marketing.

The '.tickets' web address has been available since September and has already proved popular with rights-holders. High-profile registrations include major airlines such as Lufthansa, Silicon Valley tech giants including Amazon and Google, the Formula One Group in respect of the F1 and FORMULA 1 brands, as well as bands such as U2.

With Accent having announced last September it will be selling Broadway tickets via broadway.tickets, an early joint venture, its success in the sporting field is further evidence that '.tickets' is set to have a significant impact on American entertainment marketing and rights-protection.

Steve Machin, Co-CEO of Accent Media, said: ""We admire the American attitude towards rights-protection and control of their economic interests, and we are very pleased that our proposition has been endorsed by what is a priority sector for us."

Gary Fisher, Co-CEO of Accent Media, added: "The relentless professionalism of US sports as a commercial sector is impressively shown by the zeal with which they have become early adopters of '.tickets' domains."

About Accent Media and |.tickets 

The '.tickets' Top Level Domain ("TLD") is the authenticated online space for all ticketing needs, servicing customers in the fields of entertainment, travel, sport, and destinations of choice. It is where memorable domain names, alongside industry-backed rights protection, provide a gold standard for consumers to purchase tickets with confidence.

Accent Media, founded in 2012 by British internet entrepreneurs Steve Machin and Gary Fisher, is the exclusive owner of the '.tickets' TLD that it is building into an internationally recognised and trustworthy brand for online tickets. Following a rigorous 3 year application process and having secured substantial funding from a portfolio of international investors including AIM-listed CentralNIC (CNIC), the '.tickets' TLD was awarded by ICANN in February 2015.

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SOURCE Accent Media

For further information: please contact: Ryan Gallagher, Analyst, Cubitt Consulting, +44(0)20-7759-1189 / ryan.gallagher@cubitt.com

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