By admin | July 21, 2008
By Jayson D. Henry
Well, we’ve reached the point in the season where ESPN/ABC will take over Sprint Cup broadcasting. That means we will never have to worry about where the big name drivers like Kyle Busch or Dale Earnhardt, Jr. are running.
Those guys are usually near the front anyway. But if they ever aren’t, don’t worry if you’re a fan of one those guys. Even if they’re running 22nd and 2 laps down, the ESPN cameras will not only find them, they will stay on them.
Sometimes during their coverage last year I had to wonder if there were more than 2 or 3 drivers in the race.
This year, of course, Kyle Busch has been the major story and if he keeps running the way he has he’ll be near the lead so the cameras should be on him. And as always, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will be on your TV screen quite a lot. He has the most fans so ESPN will follow him no matter where he goes.
Their coverage of racing is really no different than their coverage of other sports. ESPN makes everything about the big personalities. Just watching one showing of Sportscenter will confirm that for you.
In baseball they show Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez hitting homers. In basketball they show Kobe Bryant dunking the ball. And, have you heard anything about Bret Favre lately? Yes, ESPN likes to hammer their points home.
When they first came back to racing I was excited because I thought they would really do something special with their coverage, but as it turned out it may be worse than the others.
With all that being said, I do like the addition of Dale Jarrett to the booth. I think he does a good job along with Andy Petree.
All in all, if you’re a fan of Kyle or Junior, you may enjoy ESPN’s NASCAR coverage. If you’re not, you will have to watch the scroll at the top of the screen to keep up with your favorite.
Jayson D. Henry is a guest blogger for RacingWithRich.com.
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