(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Some Dallas Cowboys fans may have gotten a reminder of the film Brokeback Mountain recently when attempting to visit the website of their beloved NFL franchise.
According to a report appearing on Yahoo! Sports, the domain Cowboys.com now leads visitors to a gay cowboy-themed dating website. While DallasCowboys.com has traditionally been the NFL team’s real domain, many visitors have long accidently gone to cowboys.com, instead viewing an inactive page.
The web address, however, is no longer out of business and has now been set up to reflect the desires of what it says are “men who enjoy the same country living lifestyle.”
The story actually goes all the way back to 2007 when the NFL franchise bid for the rights to the Cowboys.com domain during a TRAFFIC domain live auction, according to DomainNameNews. However, that deal was scrapped over a misunderstanding when the Cowboys representative placed a bid for 275. According to the report, the bidder likely thought the amount meant they were only paying 275 dollars when, in actuality, they’d have to pay 275 thousand. Dallas later declined to go through with the domain purchase over the high amount.
Before its emergence as a dating website, Cowboys.com was an online store specializing in western apparel. It’s not the first time the Cowboys have received scrutiny over their web presence. In 2007, the NFL franchise notably forgot to renew their web domain, causing their official site to become temporarily inactive.