Originally Posted by richardwise
One thing that really stood out to me was all the empty seats. Maybe people think they get a better view from tv than the grandstands, and it sure is a lot cheaper.
TV viewership is down too. NASCAR (the sanctioning body) has changed its focus over the years and the result is bland drivers, cookie cutter tracks, generic cars and an environment where non-driving wobble-heads like Danica Patrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr are somehow "stars".
NASCAR used to be focused on putting on races and keeping the fans happy. Now they are focused on nothing else other than keeping the corporations (sponsors) happy. In 84 when Ford came out with the Thunderbird Aero Coupe and Bill Elliot was kicking buttocks, GM cried foul, and Big Bill France said in plain english "Well, go and build a better car...". Nowadays if Ford wins two races in a row, Toyota cries and next thing you know, Ford is getting a quarter inch trimmed off its spoiler.
It amazes me how a major sponsor's driver can get a post race TV interview after finishing 23rd. And its always the same boring, pre-packaged statements..."Well we had the Thrashwell-Snailby Chevrolet running pretty good, and the crew worked hard all week to give us a great car, but we just ran out of laps before we could make our move..." Blech. Bland as hospital meatloaf.
I used to be a huge NASCAR (and racing in general) fan. But I gave up watching years ago. Last year, I was reminded why. Out of pure boredom, I turned on a race. The picture below show it all. My screen is 21 inches tall. And 10 of those inches were taken up with useless graphics, ads and bullcrap.
Nawp. I'm done with em.