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raggedy man
May 29, 2009 at 11:43:12 PM
Joined: 02/26/2009
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I'm a rookie poster here and this year will only be my third August at K'ville. There's a lot of great things about that experience, and I will always be a fan, but the one thing that ticks me off is the way the TV production impacts the fans in the stands. Victory interviews are done twice: FIRST for the TV, then for the fans. There always seems to be dead time waiting for the SPEED producers to give the go-ahead. Last year we watched the pace truck circle the track with the queens, but got cheated out of the 4-wide.(the most awesome sight in motorsports!!!) Is SPEED channel coverage good for sprint cars in general and the nationals in particular? I can understand how there can be severe time constraits with live TV, but why does it have to be live? Sorry if this topic has already been beaten to death, like I said, I'm new here.


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backstretchofficial42
May 30, 2009 at 12:13:22 AM
Joined: 11/24/2007
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4 wide is always a sure thing unless...... Rain is on the way.... which the case was last year we had rain reported ten miles from the track so we were just trying to get the race in for the fans....

 



midwestthebest13
May 30, 2009 at 12:30:35 AM
Joined: 01/31/2008
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This message was edited on May 30, 2009 at 12:31:37 AM by midwestthebest13

Yeah, I'm sick of NASCAR TV doing sprint races. At the outlaws in Fargo 2 years ago they ran time trials at their usual time (done by 8-ish) then waited for the sun to set (for those of you that don't know Fargo is basically the land of the midnight sun in june) They started the heats at 9:30 and didn't get the feature over 'til around midnight, and that was a TAPED RACE! Whenever they are "live" on TV, I listen to them on the radio. (except the nationals) I guess we should look at it as a good thing cause it is the only time the outlaws get anytime on TV.




lake_carl
May 30, 2009 at 08:01:50 AM
Joined: 01/22/2005
Posts: 435
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I think it is good for the sport, good for the racers ( well maybe not as less fans in the stand means less t-shirt sells), bad for the fans in the stands and am not sure if knoxville profits enough from the sponsers over the cost verses the amount of fans that do not attend because they can watch it on tv



raced24
May 30, 2009 at 12:40:11 PM
Joined: 12/07/2004
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I heard that the Nationals will be going to PPV soon. Anyone know about this?



mermaid
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May 30, 2009 at 01:32:42 PM
Joined: 07/08/2007
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From a racer's perspective, it's easier to get sponsors when you can tell them your event is going to be on television. Drivers who get media coverage, be it television or print, get more sponsor money. Whether you like it or not, that's just the way it is.

From a track's perspective, and this is my guess as I don't know, it is probably a toss up. A televised race means some people may stay home and watch it on television. However, it also attracts more corporate sponsors for the same reason as that of the drivers. I have to think that this is what has helped continue to raise the purse of the Nationals since the fan counts have been down the last few years.

From a fan's perspective, I am torn. On one hand, in today's economy, I am sure there are a lot of people who aren't going to be able to afford to travel to Knoxville for the Nationals. For them, television coverage is a glimmer of hope in an uncertain world of unemployment and foreclosures. On the other hand, it is annoying to the fans in the stands to have so many television delays. As for the coverage, I don't know if it's a matter of Speed Channel reading our complaints and trying to improve or if the fact that they have brought on Tony B (hate to give him a big head) for some of their broadcasts, but I think Speed Channel's coverage has vastly improved since the beginning. You see more of the on track action than in the past when you only saw the front runners, and they tend to have more knowledgable announcers. ESPN still has a long way to go, but they suck at Nascar, too, so I don't think it's an issue of type of racing.

On the last note, the 4 abreast last year was skipped because of the weather last year. It was a little creepy down in the pits when a strong wind started blowing in from the east. Anyone who spends much time at Knoxville knows that this just does not happen. Bad weather was imminent, so getting the show in without 4 abreast to me was better than not being able to run the feature until Sunday.


The Mermaid



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