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Daytona 500 v. NBA AllStar Game

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by heyabbott, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    More than twice as many watch it on TV, more than 4 times as many watch it live. So why does the NBA All Star game, the leagues premier show case of talent, garner more media coverage than NASCAR's premier competitive race?

     
  2. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    A couple of thoughts:

    1. The NBA has been in the mainstream for a lot longer that NASCAR has. It was only in the mid-1990s that NASCAR started getting more mainstream recognition. Prior to that, it was mainly seen as a southern sport.

    2. The All-Star game is a unique event for the NBA, only happening once a year. While Daytona is the most prestigious race for NASCAR, it is still one of 36 races that will be run. NASCAR even returns to the track later in the season for another race.
     
  3. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Do you really think it does garner more media coverage? I haven't been to both events so I can't offer first-hand opinion, but I seriously doubt the all-star game is bigger today.

    Per Baron's second point...the all-star game is a unique event, but it's still a meaningless exhibition. Big difference between that and a race that matters.
     
  4. Pastor

    Pastor Active Member

    When the World Cup was on and garnering higher ratings it didn't receive the attention that it deserved.

    It should not be left out that Nascar was on FOX while the All-Star game was on TNT. There is also a difference in start times for these events.

    Nascar is still a niche sport. In certain areas, I'm sure it garnered grand attention. In many others it shouldn't.
     
  5. nafselon

    nafselon Active Member

    It all averages out because the Dura-Lube 350 or whatever will get more media coverage than a random Suns-Jazz Sunday night game.

    Or it's just a big conspiracy because the media hates race cars, white athletes, fans of NASCAR, the south, driving in general, etc. etc. etc.
     
  6. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    How do you quantify the ASG getting more media coverage than the Daytona 500? Are you judging it by sports talk radio? What you see on ESPN? Coverage in the NY Post?
     
  7. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    What if we don't give a shit about either one?
     
  8. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    I watched Mythbusters, Dirty Jobs and a rerun of Smash Lab.
     
  9. pallister

    pallister Guest

    I'm guessing many more papers centerpieced the race than the All-Star game. The NBA might have had a bigger presence online last night and into today because it was played later and thus many sites updated with that as their lead story. Overall, though, I'm pretty sure the race got more coverage, as it should, IMO.
     
  10. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    I realize I'm in NASCAR country (we have two races a year in our coverage area), but we made a much bigger deal out of Daytona --- front-page story with a full inside page of coverage all week --- than the NBA All-Star game.

    We ran a dunk contest story on the back page Sunday and a gamer (with no art) on the front Monday. But had the dunk contest not been so spectacular, I doubt we would have played it as big as we did.

    Maybe we're in the minority, I don't know ...
     
  11. forever_town

    forever_town Active Member

    I spend very little time following NASCAR, but if I had to choose between the Daytona 500 and the NBA All Star game for the lede on a sports section with a national mindset, the NBA would be relegated to the inside.

    You're talking about the Super Bowl for a sport that has surged in popularity over the past few years, enough to be in the conversation as one of the major sports in America versus an all star game for another such sport.
     
  12. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Well one thing for sure you won't see any Rebel flags waving at the NBA All Star game.
     
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