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I am looking at whois record for a domain to know who is the registrar of the domain. But the whois record has following line for registrar.

Sponsoring Registrar:Network Solutions, LLC (R63-LROR)

So what is sponsoring registrar and why it is used? I googled the term and found that it is something related to reseller domain but could not understand the concept.

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The registrar that currently administrates the name on behalf of the registrant. If the domain name was registered by a reseller, the reseller's name will not appear in the Sponsoring Registrar field. Instead, you will see the reseller's registrar.

So say you bought your domain name through another company, but they use Namecheap for their registrar. The sponsoring registrar would be Namecheap.

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Thanks for the answer. Then is there any way to find out who the actual registrar is? –  Sachin Divekar Dec 30 '12 at 14:36
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Yes, when a domain is 'dead', it is often used as a portal to advertising. What would it take to find out how to become the owner of this domain? For example if the former owner is a deceased business partner and you want to restore the domain to it's original contents in stead of the ad portal? –  Redsandro Aug 22 '13 at 12:37
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