I read your article where Chase Elliott talked about shortening the Cup Series season to avoid too many weekends from competing with the NFL for attention. Shortening the season to 30 or 32 races helps solve that, right? (From GM via Yahoo.com)
I think we’re looking at the record 36 point races as well as the Busch Light Clash and All-Star Race for years to come.
Everyone is trying to stay away from the NFL on Sunday, and for good reason. Interest in the league dwarfs that in everything else. Even the NBA, which gets more attention than any of the other team sports, is turning away and waiting until after the Super Bowl to increase Sunday’s game count by 50%.
There is no way for NASCAR to completely avoid the NFL and still be committed to a nine-month season. In fact, shortening the schedule causes more problems than it solves. Television networks need high-quality live programming on the weekends, so Fox and NBC pay far more per race (even after the sport dedicates some of that revenue to the Xfinity series and trucks) than NASCAR could get through with ticket revenue and promotion on race day. Fewer races result in less money for TV and less money overall.
Equally important, sponsors place their logos and marketing messages on the cars to be shown on television, providing a much larger audience than the stands. Reducing the number of races will severely affect the teams in this division.
If NASCAR wants to stay in the 36 races but not compete with football as often, the midweek race is one of the few options, albeit not a good one. Races must be scheduled at night, which immediately affects midweek attendance.
Also, midweek jamming races lead to stretches of three races in eight days. Doing this even twice a season is a hardship for teams, especially the smaller ones. Imagine a team of one or two cars destroying a key car in qualifying and destroying the backup in the race on Sunday. They can get another backup on the pickup truck on Monday morning and ship the damaged cars home. But God forbid another car crashes on Wednesday and then you need to qualify again on Saturday afternoon.
Calling Ty Gibbs a rookie next year would be a joke. If he performs the remainder of the cup schedule this year, he will have nearly half a season under his belt. (From PE via Gmail.com)
Stay tuned for the Rookie of the Year award. As now, the tribute will be given to Gibbs or Noah Gragson, and Gragson will honor his 13thThe tenth Starts Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.
The award is meaningless, just another award to be handed out at the banquet.
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