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New gTLD Updates | .BASKETBALL Launch Schedule, .ASIA - Promotional Pricing on New Registrations during Q3

Written by: 
Kirsty Holmes
19 June 2017

Registry operator Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) has announced the launch schedule for its new gTLD .BASKETBALL, as follows:

Sunrise opens Sunrise closes Sunrise Type Basketball Community Priority Registration Period:
(i) Invitation Only Period
Basketball Community Priority Registration Period:
(ii) Landrush
Basketball Community Priority Registration Period:
(iii) General CPP
General Availability
19 June 2017 21 August 2017 End Date Sunrise
(not first-come, first-served) 
22 August 2017 - 08 March 2018
23 October 2017 - 08 June 2018 11 June 2018 - 14 June 2019 18 June 2019

A Qualified Launch Program (QLP) is also running from 19 June to 21 August 2017, wherein the registry may allocate or register up to 100 domain names (plus their IDN variants, where applicable) to third parties prior to or during the Sunrise Period for the purpose of promoting the TLD.

Sunrise Period
During the Sunrise Period, trade mark rights holders may register their domain names, provided that the term applied for is in the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), with multiple applications for the same domain resulting in an auction.

Basketball Community Priority Registration Period
During this Limited Registration Period, qualifying applicants from the global basketball community may register domain names in advance of General Availability.
All registrants filing within this period are required to obtain a token, by which the registry will confirm (or not) their approval by the community for you to apply to register domains within this period.  Tokens will be issued by FIBA, through the National Federations and other community-based administrative entities.
This launch period has three phases:
(1) An Invitation Only period: 22 August 2017 to 08 March 2018
Selected subcategories within the basketball community will be invited to register names of their choice, related to their community.  In addition to the token, coupons will be made available via registrars that will define the length of time of the respective Invitation Only period and the selling prices of domains in that period.
(2) Landrush: 23 October 2017 to 08 June 2018
Community applicants may submit their applications for domains during Landrush, with contested applications to be resolved by a process involving consultation, mediation and auction, as required.
In order to qualify as a Community Applicant you must obtain a token and process it via us as registrar.
(3) General CPP (Community Priority Period): 11 June 2018 to 14 June 2019
This is a period of Community priority, open to all members of the community.  Names will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
All members may apply provided they have a verified token processed via us as registrar.
Please note that a condition of acceptance of invitation to the Community Priority Period is that you must use your domain name(s) within 1 year of allocation - use may include forwarding, other transitional arrangements, hosted website or display marketing including online or offline advertising.
Eligibility criteria for CPP may include providing evidence of both prior use of a name and rights to use the proposed name or by application and/or verification of a proposed business case.
In order to ensure accuracy of submitted materials to support the application, all applicants agree to be contacted by telephone and/or email for verification purposes.
A name registered during the Community Priority Period may not be transferred to a different registrar until after a period of 5 years has elapsed from the date of registration.

Under General Availability, domains will be available to all on a first-come, first-served basis.

The first 7 days of GA will consist of an Early Access Program.
Proxy and or privacy registrations are permitted.
.ASIA - Promotional Pricing on New Registrations during Q3
During Q3 (1 July to 30 September 2017), .ASIA is offering promotional pricing on new registrations (first year), with registry fees reducing by 70%.
Should you wish to place an order, or for further information, please contact your Client Manager or