I too have missed the deadline by days,and have been highly frustrated.
It is a problem if you are an active creative,and submit hundreds/thousands of names in a 60 day period. It's unreasonable to think we can keep tabs on every name. Plus I have had a contest close, but have it not be registered til after the 60 days.So you are out of luck out right of the gate,becuase of the 60 day rule,even though it just was registered.
I think the 60 days at least should start from the day of registration and not contest close. For names of mine that are unusual..I often do not discover they have been registered until I try to use it in another contest.If it is not a mainstream name..then months could easily go by until you have a contest it would fit for..then when you see it's registered..it's pretty much too bad, so sad.
I wonder too in some cases if people have caught on to the 60 day domain limit..so wait a little time to register knowing the creative will have no recourse,or won't catch it.(I'm not accusing..just wondering.)
I had in one case a contest where THREE of my names were registered..but I didn't find out til I tried to reuse one of the names and saw it was registered.So I then checked all the names trhat had been entered in that contest..and saw two others were registered too, and it had several reports of other domain registrations. But since it was past 60 days,I was out of luck.
I know it won't change anything..but I think if your name gets registered, you should have the right at any time to be sure it was not taken without compensation,60 days or not. I know names are thought up and registered everyday..but I also think when a name I made up that is highly unusual has remained unthought of for years.. it is very unlikely someone else within days or weeks of me submitting it, is going to suddenly come up with the exact same name. Not impossible..but unlikely.So I would like to at least have the right to follow up.