So I‚Äôm heading to Los Angeles for a blogging conference next weekend, and figured I‚Äôd log on to the Pac-12 website to see if there weren‚Äôt any football games I could ditch the afternoon presentations for on Saturday.
Like many Pac-12 fans, I typed Pac12.com into my browser and was sickened to find the website had been converted into a Tea Party fan page, with dozens of links to content supporting TeaParty.org, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Sarah Palin. You heard right, they went from Pac to Palin!
At first I was shocked, then I recalled the story BallHyped and our homies at Trojan Empire reported in February about the Pac-12 Conference (now hosted at pac-12.org) butting heads with Pac12.com domain owner, Utah‚Äôs Austin Linford¬† (we didn‚Äôt name the owner previously, but after he sold out to the tea party, who cares now!).
Back then, we gave Linford props for converting the site into an Amazon affiliate site that promoted a dozen Tupac Shakur albums with a widget entitled ‚ÄúA 12Pac for Tupac.‚ÄĚ The page title, ‚ÄúTupac Lives!‚ÄĚ also drew our praise because, as many of you know, BallHyped.com was launched on the anniversary of Tupac‚Äôs death last September, and our ‚ÄúStraight Ballin‚Äô‚ÄĚ blog was actually named after the track off Shakur‚Äôs Thug Life album.
But now the Pac12.com site not only refuses to support the Pac-12 Conference, it doesn‚Äôt support the greatest rapper of all-time anymore either.
And now the guy has the nerve to sue the Pacific-12/10 in an effort to keep the domain, asking for a declaratory judgment of non-infringement and claiming he registered the domain ‚Äúin good faith for legitimate business reasons.‚ÄĚ
So apparently a ‚Äúlegitimate business‚ÄĚ is one that injects spammy RSS links into its homepage and titles its public-facing website: ‚ÄúDuring The Revolutionary War, Only 12 Percent Fought the British. Teaparty With The PAC12.‚ÄĚ
Ummm, no thanks. I‚Äôd rather join a ‚Äúparty‚ÄĚ at TeaBag.com before I join your party.
Editor’s Note: BallHyped previously reached out to both parties for comment on this story to no avail. Attempts to reach Tupac Shakur for comment were also unsuccessful.
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