Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Why I'm Against Shortening Races

The hot new way to "fix" NASCAR in tough economic times has become making races shorter.  Most recently I've seen the idea discussed here.  I couldn't disagree more.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is supposed to be racing at the highest level.  It's the most-watched form of racing in the US.  More sponsors, the best drivers, the best teams, the best of everything.  To me, shortening races under the guise of the economy is weak, and worse, it delegitimizes the sport.  Is the NFL going to start cutting their games to 12-minute quarters?  The author makes the argument that cutting races isn't the same as cutting innings in ballgame or time in a quarter, but that's exactly what he is doing.  If NASCAR trims 50 or 100 miles off of races, even if it's not every race, that's still a bad example.  I disgaree that it sets awareness of the times.  If the prices are too high and people stop showing up, then you cut the price of attending the race, you don't cut the racing.  Unless the commissioners of the NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB all agree to do the same, NASCAR should keep the race distances exactly where they are.  

Unless they don't believe NASCAR is a legitimate sport.  Any sort of cut would prove the haters correct.

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