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Calamitous

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NASCAR ricket prices were one thing...


but NASCAR got away from their formula. It used to be points driven, now they have the Chase. It used to be an American legacy, now they have Toyota. It used to be a Southern sport along with some Northeast redneck boys, but now it's overrun with Californian kids with no charisma. The cars used to look different with Ford, Mercury, Dodge, Chevy and Pontiac. Now you can't tell the difference between any of the NextGen cars no matter what the make. NASCAR now has more races in California (4 per year) than in the Carolinas (3). No more Rockingham, only one race in Darlington... where the real race fans live. And for close to a decade, NASCAR made the mistake of being on ESPN where the coverage was vanilla and getting politically correct. And it used to be the WINSTON Cup where men celebrated with beer, not Coca Cola.

So yeah, tickets hurt the sport, but there's so much more.

And I've never been a Dale Jr fan. But once he retires, the sport will lose even more fans next year.

So to your point, greed kills a lot of sports. I hope college football and basketball learns some lessons. Already, rivalries are going to the wayside in trade for large 14-team conferences in the name of "media markets." Athletic scholarships are no longer enough and the kids "need" stippends. Recruiting seasons are all fuzzy and run all year long. Recruiting starts as early as Middle School now. Over-the-top concerns on safety are trickling down to the high school level and we're seeing the death of some HS football programs because they can't afford the equipment. Social media turns the sport into a carnival akin to WWF.

(In response to this post by Stech)

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 10:09PM



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Current Thread:
  Boxing is the only sport that my Dad ever watched. -- Atlee Hokie 08/11/2017 04:32AM
  Two sports I never watched for $250, Alex -- WestyHokie 08/03/2017 09:55AM
  Yes a lot of dynamics affecting the game -- Mercury 08/03/2017 05:40AM
  Agree about PPV, but there's more to it. -- Maroon Baboon 08/03/2017 12:13AM
  NASCAR ricket prices were one thing... -- Calamitous 08/02/2017 10:09PM
  Nothing over the top about safety concerns -- Hamburger 08/06/2017 12:47AM
  Kinda how I feel about season tickets, plus -- 133193Hokie 08/02/2017 9:44PM
  Can't say relative to the other things you mentioned. -- Atlee Hokie 08/04/2017 6:24PM
  Brother Glen Wood drove the #21 car in the 50's. -- Atlee Hokie 08/07/2017 5:12PM
  Ah I didn't know that Glen drove the car at one point. -- VTHokie2000 08/07/2017 5:29PM
  No doubt about that ** -- Hamburger 08/05/2017 11:58PM
  And NASCAR tried to sanitize it. -- Atlee Hokie 08/04/2017 6:31PM
  Much like the NFL -- Hamburger 08/06/2017 12:48AM

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