Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Online Screwup Makes NBA Team Look Silly

Online Screwup Makes NBA Team Look Silly, The Brooklyn Nets didn't buy an obvious domain name, and now a squatter is rubbing it in. Did Mark Cuban buy the rights to to enrage Mikhail Prokhorov? No, but it's funny to credit him for it, The Brooklyn Nets are set to debut this month to great fanfare, in a new (ish) arena, with three max-contract guys on the payroll. Though the time spaced out between the team's move from East Rutherford, N.J., to Newark to Brooklyn at times felt like an eternity, the sheer logistics involved were on a massive scale; logistics that were compounded with a regime change both on the ownership and front office level. It's been a quick and hectic trip between flirting with single-digit wins in New Jersey to thinking championship in Brooklyn, and you can forgive them for their missteps amongst the fanfare.

Like, perhaps, forgetting to buy the rights to Which Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was credited by more than one website as noticing and purchasing for himself when it became available - even if the registration data proves otherwise. Ananth Pandian tipped us off to Prefix's story about Cuban's rumored hostile takeover. And, if you were wondering what the Russian lettering towards the bottom of the page was for, recall that Cuban has long had a snarkily adversarial back-and-forth with Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who bought the team in 2009. Prefix's band of Russian code detectors came through with the translation:

If that's not enough, Cuban mocks Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov in his native Russian at the bottom of the page by referencing his 2007 arrest on suspicion of arranging prostitutes for his guests at one of his trademark parties.


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