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ICANN finds no conflict of interest in .sport decision

ICANN has rejected claims that the .sport gTLD contention set was settled by an arbitrator who had undisclosed conflicts of interest with the winning applicant. Its Board Governance Committee last week decided that Community Objection arbitrator Guido Tawil had no duty to disclose his law firm’s ties to major sports broadcasters when he effectively eliminated […]

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ICANN loses another IRP — .sport gTLD fight reopens as panel finds “apparent bias”

The future of the .sport gTLD was cast into turmoil this week after an independent panel ruled that there was “apparent bias” in the decision that awarded the string to a group linked to the Olympics. The new Independent Review Panel ruling found that ICANN broke its own bylaws by refusing to allow Famous Four […]

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SportAccord council member on U.S. Sanctions List is replaced

Ilyumzhinov removed from council list. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has been removed from a list of SportAccord Council members published on the .sport domain applicant’s website. It appears he was replaced by another member. Domain Name Wire published a story last month about how Ilyumzhinov was listed on the U.S. Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons list […]

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Famous Four alleges link between panelist and opponent for .Sport

Company says panelist that killed its .sport application had a conflict of interest. Last fall Famous Four Media saw its plans to run a .sport top level domain dashed after a panelist found in favor of rival applicant SportAccord in a community objection. Famous Four appealed the decision to ICANN through a reconsideration request and […]

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TKO: There will be no .sports top level domain in the first round

Objection panel rules that the the sport community would face material detriment for a .sports domain name. Well, at least this decision is consistent. Except it isn’t. An International Chamber of Commerce panelist has upheld SportAccord’s community objection against Donuts’ application to run the .sports top level domain name. While this decision (pdf) is consistent […]

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Uh oh: .Basketball community objection fails, .sport prevailed.

Panelist in .basketball decision uses different interpretation of guidelines to come up with a different conclusion than panelist in .sport. An International Chamber of Commerce panelist has determined that community objections filed against two applications for .basketball have failed. Comparing this decision to a recent one upholding a community objection to .sport, it appears we […]

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Applicants call for new gTLD objections appeals process

Twelve new gTLD applicants, representing many dozens of applications, have called on ICANN to create an appeals process for when Community Objections have debatable outcomes. Writing to ICANN and the International Chamber of Commerce this week, the applicants focus on the recent decision in the .sport case, which they said proves that ICC panelists don’t […]

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Famous Four vows to fight .sport objection loss

Famous Four Media has promised to pursue “all available legal avenues” after losing a Community Objection over the .sport gTLD to its Olympic-backed rival. The portfolio applicant lost out to SportAccord in an October 23 decision by International Chamber of Commerce panelist Guido Santiago Tawil, meaning its .sport application should be rejected by ICANN. But […]

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