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September 22, 2010

Hey Indy Car Critics….Is The Sky Falling For NASCAR too?

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:26 pm

When are the gloom and doom idiots going to start predicting the end of NASCAR? After all, large pockets of open aluminum have been visible at about every single race this season, viewers are constantly assaulted with ticket pitches and the ratings have started to stink.

At New Hampshire ESPN achieved only 2.3 final which is 3,676,828 viewers, according to Nielsen. Last year it was on ABC and got a 3.2. That is about 1.5 million fewer viewers than last season. It appears their partnership with ESPN is not doing so well either. Given the amount of complete, unrelenting, unlubricated bending over ESPN does for NASCAR, these ratings missteps are staggering.

And yet what do we hear from critics? Not much. Interesting behavior. When Indy Car ratings come out, they are dissected like a frog in Biology class, usually by idiots fishing for bad news. The only pretty funny aspect of that behavior is that most who spew do not have a clue about what they attempt to discuss.

If someone bothers to look objectively, NASCAR is suffering from the same sorts of effects out there in the real world that Indy Car is. Not as sexy as slamming, perhaps, but no less true.

It is rough all over, folks.

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4 Comments »

  1. Last week I was teaching an insurance class on general liability. I like to use the example of Carl Edwards and Brad Kesselowski and the issues they have had the last couple years (and what liability issues might arise from their actions). For the first time, when I asked the group how many of them followed Nascar, not one single hand went up.

    Nascar has problems too.

    Comment by Bob F. — September 22, 2010 @ 5:18 pm | Reply

  2. Rough all over?

    That it is, that it is.

    Comment by Zachary — September 22, 2010 @ 5:20 pm | Reply

  3. I couldn’t agree more, ESPN treats NASCAR like it’s a major sport, when all it is becoming is a regional sport. Watch, NASCAR will slip back into its deep south routes and start to retreat soon eough. This is the time IndyCar could take a step forward and regain some of those fans they lost in the split years.

    Comment by Tyler — September 22, 2010 @ 7:12 pm | Reply

    • NASCAR’s problem is that it can’t go back to being a regional sport if fans on a national level lose interest; when NASCAR tried to make itself national, it did so partly (or largely) at the expense of its Southeast Regional base. When the tintops expanded into places like California, and Kansas, and Chicago, it was tracks like Darlington, Rockingham, and North Wilkesboro that gave up dates for the new tracks. (And even now, Atlanta is losing a date. ATLANTA.) Years ago, it was southern drivers, driving American cars. Now? Not so much. The COT bears little resemblance to anything that comes off a production line. The top drivers? Jimmy Johnson, Jeff Gordon, and Kevin Harvick are from California. Smoke is from Indiana. The Busch Brothers are from Vegas. Carl Edwards is from Missouri, Bowyer is from Kansas, Kenseth is from Wisconsin, and Biffle is from Washington State. Only Burton and Hamlin are from the South, and they are far from the most popular. American cars? Having lived in Alabama, I can’t begin to express the extreme disgust many fans felt when the series allowed (and in fact, reached out to) Toyota to field an entry. Also, from what I’ve read, manufacturers are dictating terms to the series…put fuel injection into the engines NOW, or we’re leaving.

      NASCAR, it appears, has done everything it can do to alienate its base. When the fairweather fans leave, or get tired of the contrived spec series it has become, they’ll find that those they are counting on to be there and pick them up will have moved on. Maybe this is an economic blip. Maybe the Frances will change a rule, or tweak something. Maybe not. Maybe the lesson to be taken from this is something to the effect of ‘When you try and make sweeping changes, don’t do so at the expense of your fanbase.’ Because someday you’ll need those fans again. And they won’t necessarily be there.

      Comment by Steven Kornya — September 22, 2010 @ 8:36 pm | Reply


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