The Nets have been anything but stable since their move across New Jersey from East Rutherford to Newark and then out of Jersey entirely to Brooklyn with an accompanied name change. They have also been anything but boring and just because they are no longer in New Jersey, does not mean they are impervious to being a punchline.
The latest headline-grabbing flop concerning the Nets has to do with the domain name Nets.com, which would presumably be the way to get to the team’s website. However, in the lawless and untamed Internet landscape, Nets.com was up for grabs like any other domain name and was actually bought way back in 1994 by a different company who has it until 2014.
The website shows several taunting remarks to the Nets and new owner Mikhail Prokhorov including references to an old incident in which Prokhorov was accused of ordering prostitutes for the guests at one of his parties.
Elsewhere on the page is a picture of Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank star Mark Cuban sticking his tongue out presumably at Prokhorov.
This led many people to believe that Cuban had bought the domain name to get back at the Nets for the Deron Williams deal. As good a story as that would have been, (and as much as no one would put it past Cuban to do that) most reports are indicating that it was not him. Or, if it was, he did a very good job making it look like someone else had done it.
This funny .com crisis comes directly after a similar incident involving the Dallas Cowboys and the domain name Cowboys.com, which would once again presumably be a way to get to the team’s website. Instead, a mix up with the payment for the domain name allowed it to pass to a different company who turned it into an online homosexual dating website with the tagline “Find Yourself a Cowboy!”
For the Nets though, it just goes to show you that you can leave Jersey, but they will just find another way to make fun of you.