NASCAR has a problem. Not the attendance struggles or the fight to stay enticing in a world of ball sports with elimination playoffs, or the fact that the one woman running top-level Cup Series races lost her ride and subsequently retired. No, this problem is one NASCAR created all on its own, and whether the organization will admit it or not, it’s indicative of larger issues. The problem is Barstool Sports. And that problem, like Barstool, keeps getting worse. At the beginning of the race season, NASCAR announced a new partnership with Barstool, referred to as a “paid media spend” by a Sports Business Daily report. The initiative has, so far, included things like a pizza-review video featuring driver Corey LaJoie, who also appeared in a Barstool interview where he was prompted to talk about things like the amount of flashing at the Daytona 500 and “biker girls show[ing] boobs.” Dale Earnhardt Jr., who now works for NBC as a broadcaster, later appeared in … [Read more...] about NASCAR Needs To Tell Barstool Sports To Take A Hike
Once a discipline in the entertaining sport business, NASCAR now seems intent to shift ever closer towards something best described as sports entertainment.When asked by Autoweek on Friday if full-throttle racing was becoming of the highest level of a motorsport, NASCAR president Steve Phelps doubled-down on his support of the 2019 Cup Series rules package and said he would embrace whatever made the show more entertaining. "We are looking for the most entertaining racing that we can put out there," Phelps said. "That is what we are trying to do. And if that means full-throttle racing, that's the package we are going to put out there." … [Read more...] about NASCAR fully embracing entertainment over sport with 2019 rules
Shawn Windsor Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Jun 5, 2019 Kevin Warren, the Big Ten’s new commissioner, isn’t ready to say what he thinks about the most important issue facing revenue-generating college sports: the lack of athletes’ compensation. That’s OK for now. The announcement of his hiring said plenty. When Warren takes Jim Delany’s spot in January, he’ll be the first African-American to lead a Power 5 conference. This is no small thing, and Warren certainly feels it. “It is definitely not lost on me, the history associated with this,” he said during his introductory news conference Tuesday in Rosemont, Illinois. Warren said he kept photos of Curt Flood, Jackie Robinson, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1966 Texas Western basketball team in his office where he served as the Minnesota Vikings’ chief operating officer. The photos helped remind him of those that made … [Read more...] about Big Ten hiring Kevin Warren a huge step in college sports
According to BBC correspondent Andrew Benson on the BBC website posted on 3 March, Formula 1 is being reinvented – some might say revolutionised – and if it’s a success, it will lead to closer, more competitive and more exciting races. It follows an extensive interview that he had with Pat Symonds, Formula 1’s technical director who is leading research into the new-look F1 car from 2021. As Benson reports, it is all about the downforce generated by a Formula 1 car and the effect it has on the following car. As he reports, a 2018 F1 car following another car within 10 metres would lose as much as half of its total downforce, so it is literally physically impossible for that car to keep up. Over the last few decades, F1 aero research has focused on what is known as vortex-based aerodynamics, in contrast to other race series such as IndyCars and World Endurance that have retained underfloor aerodynamics to a greater or lesser extent, something that the drivers … [Read more...] about Is F1 becoming a minority sport?
NBC Sports Group Media Relations ** NBC & NBCSN to Televise All 12 Races of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Season ** Qualifiers, Moto 1s and Moto 2s Available Live, On-Demand and Commercial-Free with “Pro Motocross Pass” on NBC Sports Gold ** Race Coverage Begins Saturday, May 19, at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with Presentation of the Hangtown Classic STAMFORD, Conn. – May 2, 2018 – NBC Sports and NBC Sports Gold – NBC Sports Digital’s direct-to-consumer live streaming product – will combine to showcase more than 70 hours of 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship programming, including all 12 races, beginning Saturday, May 19, with the Hangtown Motocross Classic from Sacramento, Calif. Race coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. NBC and NBCSN will combine to present every Moto 2 from all 12 races of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship season. NBCSports.com and the … [Read more...] about NBC Sports to air 70-plus hours of 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship