High Profile Sports Site Suspended Due To 2013 RAA

Under the terms of the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement registrars are obliged to conduct email verification both on new domain registrations and if there are any changes made to a domain’s registration details.

For those of us in the industry we suspected and feared that the changes could and would lead to issues and headaches. And it looks like it’s already happened ..

I’m not sure if this is the first “high profile” site to be taken offline due to the new ICANN contract, but it’s the first I’ve been made aware of.

Fixtures365.com is operated by BSkyB and is / was a fairly popular sports site.

The site is owned by 365 Media Group which was acquired by Sky a few years ago.

It used to look like this (via Archive.org) :


Now visitors are being greeted by this:


(Hat tip to Chris)

For the curious, the nameservers have clearly been switched to:

Name Server: ns1.domainhasexpired.com

Name Server: ns2.domainhasexpired.com

Update 2355

The domain apparently is now “verified” and the nameservers have been switched back to “live” ones:

Name Server: ns.123-reg.co.uk

Name Server: ns2.123-reg.co.uk

and the landing page has updated to this:


Depending on how ISPs’ DNS resolvers etc., are configured it could several hours before the actual website is viewable by most users of the internet.

Will there be fall out from this?

It’ll be interesting to see..

Is this the last case we’ll come across?


Maybe the next one will be higher profile..

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19 Responses to High Profile Sports Site Suspended Due To 2013 RAA

  1. notconcerned January 21, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

    Not certain why you “fear” this action. If the people who operate this site don’t care enough to keep their information accurate, why should you fear the outcome? They obviously don’t.

  2. John Berryhill January 21, 2014 at 9:56 pm #

    @notconcerned – It may not be a matter of not “caring enough”. These email notices are a new feature, and most organizations have trained their staffs not to click on links in unfamiliar email messages. Most domain registrants are not expecting a “reply to this email or we shut you off in 15 days” note from their registrar.


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