Disciple of INDYCAR Weblog

July 20, 2008

Mid-Ohio Analysis

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 9:10 pm

Should the IRL decide to continue their ‘partnership’ with ESPN/ABC after the current season, that will constitute one of the most inept sports management decisions in history.  It continues to be one stunt after another by the Disney bunch.  37 minutes of extra golf coverage?  Are you kidding me? 

Worse, the announce staff kept warning of a timed race.  Can you imagine the Open folks deciding the final round would only have 15 holes?  Indy Racing cannot afford to keep screwing around with the unprofessionalism and brand killing efforts being foisted by ESPN.  It is unacceptable.  What little post-race coverage there was got preempted in many large markets by paid programming on local affiliate stations.

The bastard stepchild status of Indy Racing will only get worse once the NASCAR coverage begins in earnest.  Fans have had it.  Dump these people before it is too late. 

The worst part of continuing with these idiots are the story lines that get missed.  The race at Mid-Ohio was very well attended, closely contested (lots of lead changes) and action throughout the pack.  There was a sideshow provided by the lady drivers cat fighting and the ‘crossover’ drivers did well. 

Next week it’s on to Edmonton (be still my beating heart) for a ‘race’ on a temporary circuit/non-real race ‘track.’  It does look as if fans of ovals at Homestead and Nashville will, in fact, get screwed as more non-ovals get added.  We’ll see. 

It was actually a great weekend to watch racing on television.  F-1, ALMS and Indy Car.  I have to get back to Mid-Ohio next year.  That place has always been a fun place to make it a weekend.    

Congratulations Team Penske and Ryan Briscoe!


1 Comment »

  1. Judging by the increased activity on the comedy/hate websites, this event sure drew a large viewing audience.

    Comment by Cyber Monkey — July 21, 2008 @ 9:42 am | Reply

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