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Giants fan explains why he purchased ‘TheWashingtonRedskins.com’

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New York Giants fan Todd Remmel pulled an end-around on one of his favorite team’s NFC East rivals when he purchased the domain name “TheWashingtonRedskins.com,” as whenever that URL is plugged into a browser, users are redirected to the official site of the Giants.

It’s a pretty clever, albeit amusingly benign, dig at the Washington Redskins, to be sure. And given that Remmel, a 40-year-old web and GIS consultant who owns about 150 domains (even selling some, presumably for some semblance of profit), will only have to pay $11 to renew the domain every year, the price is right.

Surprised at its availability, Remmel purchased the domain name in June 2014 after hearing the news that United States Patent and Trademark Office canceled the Redskins’ federal trademark registrations. He spoke with D.C. Sports Bog and explained his motivations for purchasing TheWashingtonRedskins.com.

“It was one of those things, as a Giants fan, I was thinking, if these guys are silly enough not to own a top-level domain, I have to do something funny with it,” he said. “I didn’t think of it as an investment when I bought it. If I wasn’t a football fan, I wouldn’t have done it.”

The Bog notes that if one plugs in the WashingtonRedskins.com into a browser, they are redirected to the team’s official site. And yet, Remmel says no one, including the Redskins, have reached out and inquired about its availability. And if the team should contact him, Remmel says he will put any profits to good use.

“For a reasonable amount, I’d give it up and look up an underprivileged children sports organization in the D.C. area, and donate the money to that,” he said.