WELLINGTON, Fla., June 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Anyone who clicks on YaleBulldogs.com not surprisingly goes to the official athletic site of Yale University. However, anyone who clicks on PrincetonTigers.com goes to a For Sale sign, as it has been owned for many years by Michael Deutsch, a Florida resident and retired securities trader.
While "Yale Bulldogs" is a registered Trademark of Yale University, "Princeton Tigers" is not trademarked. In fact, there are many towns named Princeton throughout the country whose high schools have chosen tigers as mascots. As Deutsch points out to the Princeton University community on his PrincetonTigers.com website, "While you may be elite, you are not unique."
He registered the PrincetonTigers.com Internet domain name back in 2001, when it was freely available to anyone who chose to do so. He was shocked that the name was available, but it was. Princeton University apparently chose to use GoPrincetonTigers.com, an Internet domain name registered in 1999, for its official athletic site.
Unique domain names like PrincetonTigers.com have sold for hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. Instead, Deutsch is offering PrincetonTigers.com for an unusual price, one year's cost of attendance at Princeton University. "We all make mistakes and pay for them somewhere down the road. I made a big mistake in not buying Google stock when it was first offered many years ago. It now seems clear that Princeton University made a big mistake in not registering PrincetonTigers.com before I did, back in 2001," Deutsch said.
When Deutsch sought to advertise the availability of the domain by running an ad last year in the Princeton Alumni Weekly, that ad was rejected. Princeton University, of course, is in a position to purchase the site. And, like many universities of its caliber, Princeton also has successful alumni in a position to acquire the site, donate it, and possibly get a tax deduction from such a transaction. Any of them could "Do it for Dear Old Princeton." Of course, anyone from one of the many Princeton high schools could do that for their high school, too, and Princeton University would lose out. As Deutsch cautions on his PrincetonTigers.com website, "If you snooze, you lose."
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SOURCE Michael Deutsch