NBA players tend to focus on their brand, the best get their own sneaker, possibly a signature logo etc… One area that should be a must is to have ownership of their own name in the .com extension. Now the story will go that Twitter and Instagram profiles are where these players manage their digital footprint, but as we know when someone else controls your intellectual property you don’t have full control. As the Internet grows more important it makes sense to control your own name at the very least, especially when you are trying to build a personal brand.
On the heels of tonight’s NBA Finals we take a look at the starting five of the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
- 1. Kyrie Irving (PG) regged since 2008, does not resolve, under privacy, not owned by Kyrie.
- 2. Iman Shumpert (SG) regged since 2011, does look to be owned by Shumpert or his people.
- 3. LeBron James (SF) regged since 2000, King James does own his name and site developed.
- 4. Tristan Thompson (PF) regged since 2005 by another Thompson.
- 5. Timofey Mozgov (C) regged since 2013, owned by a gentleman who owns a few NBA stars, domain parked.
Golden State Warriors
- 1. Stephen Curry (PG) regged since 1999 another Stephen Curry, StephCurry.com regged since 2013 parked same owner as Mozgov.
- 2. Klay Thompson (SG) regged since 2013, same registrant that owns Curry and Mozgov.
- 3. Harrison Barnes (SF) regged since 2007 by a firm of same name.
- 4. Draymond Green (PF) regged since 2013, owned by Huge Domains.
- 5. Andrew Bogut (C) regged since 2003, looks like his agency owns and manages the domain.