White Sox Fan Parts with World Series Domain Name, but is an “I-55” Series in the Cards?
With a St. Louis Cardinals/Chicago White Sox World Series imminent, a private party has announced the sale of the domain name, www.I-55Series.com. The domain name was listed for sale on eBay on October 11, 2005. Business owners who wish to capitalize on a potential “Interstate-55 Series” now have the opportunity to bid on eBay for ownership of a web site name that might yet hit the sweet spot of this World Series in the making. With LCS (League Championship Series) tickets already listed on eBay for sums exceeding $2,500, baseball fans will no-doubt bid up the price of World Series tickets and related items in a similar fashion.
In 1985, the Cardinals and Kansas City Royals played an all-Missouri “I-70” World Series. Twenty years later, the October interstate rivalry swings from East-West to North-South, pitting ravenous Cardinal fans, who hunger to avenge last year’s World Series loss, with (some say) desperate Chicago White Sox fans who have not experienced a World Series since 1959.
As the end of harvest season approaches, the 18.5 million people who make their homes in Illinois and Missouri hope to reap a $60 million economic impact from hosting the 2005 World Series.* Along with the scent of burning corn husks, the fans can smell a World Series victory in the air, especially along the 300 mile Interstate-55 corridor. “I-55” begins its southwesterly trek in Chicago, and continues on through St. Louis. Whether rural or urban, National or American League, die-hard or fair-weather fan, the battle lines are being drawn--and not necessarily following the banks of Mississippi river. Both Chicago and St. Louis sport their share of fans for the opponents.
But it’s not only the fans who are choosing up sides. T-shirt vendors and hawkers of baseball souvenirs have their fingers crossed, hoping to capitalize on the “I-55” series of 2005. Entrepreneurs from Springfield, Missouri to Springfield, Illinois are looking to jump on the bandwagon, and participate in the 2005 world series of economic stimulus.
For aspiring entrepreneurs who hope that an “I-55” Series is in the cards, a website with a name like www.I-55Series.com may prove a timely opportunity to sell their wares. For further details on the sale of www.I-55Series.com, visit http://www.ebay.com/ and search for I-55Series.com. Or see http://cm.ebay.com/cm/ck/1065-29296-2357-0?uid=234947505&site=0&ver=LCA080805&item=5818337356&lk=URL
* See: The Economic Impact of Postseason Play in Professional Sports_
Dennis Coates,University of Maryland Baltimore County, Department of Economics
Brad R. Humphreys, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Department of Economics, October 18, 2001
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