NFL Team Yanks $275K Bid for

Dallas claims it intended to offer just $275 for domain
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2007 4:32 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The Dallas Cowboys wanted the domain name, but not that badly. The team had to withdraw a winning bid of $275,000 after realizing how much it had offered; the 'Boys claimed they intended to bid only $275 in a URL auction conducted by phone this month, ComputerWorld reports. The auction firm acknowledged the word “thousand” may not have been repeated with each bid.

At the same time, Moniker Online Services noted that the pre-auction projected price was into six figures, and the opening bid was $225,000. The Cowboys—who paid $499 just to enter the bidding—could have been forced to honor their offer to buy the online namesake, but with other buyers available, was reauctioned for $370,000.