By admin | February 27, 2009
By Richard Allen
Iâ€™m not sure who makes the executive decisions at Fox for NASCAR coverage but some of those decisions are questionable, at best. If the Hollywood brass at the television network are trying to anger and insult race fans, they are succeeding.
Here are some not so serious(or maybe they are serious) observations about Foxâ€™s NASCAR coverage:
1. Itâ€™s no wonder late night talk show hosts David Letterman and Jay Leno are winding down the runs of their respective shows. As Fox continues to bump race start times back more and more, the late night hosts have realized they will be going up against live coverage of NASCAR races very soon.
2. Foxâ€™s pre-race shows are so long that Joey Logano actually had to shave before the one in California ended.
3. Fox thinks so highly of NASCAR that they were willing to cut short the biggest race of the season so that a cartoon character who hasnâ€™t aged in 18 years could have his first show broadcast in HDTV air on time.
4. If attendance drops off too badly, here is a new money making scheme for NASCAR. They could go to drought plagued areas and charge a fee to make it rain. Then, schedule a race and let Fox have the coverage. They would plan a date of the race, then delay the start of the race so that rain is sure to fall in the midst of the event. Itâ€™s a sure thing.
5. Why only limit concerts to pre-race? How about stopping the race at the halfway point, especially if rain is in the forecast, to have some singing and dancing?
6. And most importantly, SOMEBODY PLEASE KILL THAT DAMN GOPHER!!! Whereâ€™s the Bill Murray character â€˜Carl the Greenskeeperâ€™ from Caddyshack when you need him?
7. If the fox that scampered across the track in California had actually caught Digger it would have been the ultimate irony. Foxâ€™s gopher killed by a fox.
8. But hey, I kid because I care.
Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.
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