Chris Matthews the host of MSNBC’s Hardball, has never owned his name in .com. Now of course this is not an uncommon name, but with the amount of money Mr.Matthews makes and being in the rough and tumble world of politics, he might want to have his name just to keep it from those who oppose him.
ChrisMatthews.com was originally registered in 1999 and passed between a few different registrants around the world.
At one time a fan owned it, here was the about section in 2002
Hello, my name is Nick. This website is a tribute to one of my favorite journalists, Chris Matthews. Since Mr. Matthews is admittedly not the most internet savvy person in the world, it was my intention to liberate this domain name from the domain pirates before it was captured. It is available to him for his eventual official personal website at any time he wants it at no cost. Only one stipulation, however, I get to visit the Hardball set. Not much to know about me, I am a 25 year old who has an intense interest in politics. I attended the University Of Nebraska – Lincoln studying Mechanical Engineering and founded my own computer company about 3.5 years ago, and I really hate the term “Generation X”. I enjoyed watching Chris Matthews talk politics on TV since way back with his show “Politics With Chris Matthews” on CNBC during the ’96 campaign. I think he cuts to the chase and brings out the best information within all of his guests, I hope you will tune in and enjoy his insightful show on CNBC and MSNBC.
The name was allowed to expire in 2016 and it was sold at Snapnames for $243 to a domainer in San Diego. After winning this name he handregged hardballwithchrismatthews.com, that expires in 3 weeks.
ChrisMatthews.com closed on Saturday, 10x from 2016 at $2,401.
Did Mr.Matthews step up and buy? Probably not, he does have 908,000 followers on Twitter, he does not tweet a lot however, with just over 1800 tweets in 10 years.
Feel free to discuss all things domaining, no political takes.