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NASCAR TV Analyst Larry McReynolds Asks for Positive Coverage,

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by dkphxf, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. dkphxf

    dkphxf Member

  2. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Not a very smart plea.

    Here's an idea, NASCAR. Why not make winning a race mean a little something in your manufactured postseason?
  3. Point of Order

    Point of Order Active Member

    It never ceases to amaze me how many people in sports view members of the media as independent sales agents for their brand.
  4. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    I can't wait to read some of the reader comments on the stories about McReynolds' comments.

    There will, without a doubt, be some Hall of Fame posts.
  5. Clerk Typist

    Clerk Typist Guest

    Sounds like McReynolds is racing's version of Golf Channel's Charlie Rymer. A couple of years ago, when Northern Trust was being ripped for sponsoring the old Los Angeles Open, Rymer, at a luncheon to promote a golf show, told reporters they should all write stories thanking sponsors for what they do for the game. I'm sitting there thinking, "Who is Charlie Rymer, anyway?"
  6. I'll never tell

    I'll never tell Active Member

    This from the same paper that routinely doesn't indicate that quotes they got come straight off a press release on breaking stuff. But that's just my pet peeve.
  7. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I'd say it's hardly alone in that distinction.
  8. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    As usual, the idiotic responses from readers who somehow figured out how to use a keyboard instead of gnawed crayons dives into how bad the media is, how it has no integrity and something about college football.
  9. rpmmutant

    rpmmutant Member

    Not to side with Larry, but do NASCAR fans really care about attendance figures and TV ratings? Aren't newspaper writers supposed to be looking for stories that will be of interest to the readers?
    I have covered every NASCAR at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. I saw it packed to capacity, when it had one race a year and the economy was great. The crowds were comparable to Rose Bowl crowds or World Series games at Dodger Stadium or Angel Stadium.
    I have seen Auto Club Speedway half empty in the grandstands, on 120 degree days on Labor Day weekend when the track had two races a year and the NASCAR crowd in LA was split.
    I didn't see a reason to focus on sell-out crowds, other than a quick mention in a gamer. I don't see the newsworthiness of writing a story focusing on 40,000 or 50,000 fans showing up for races.
    I would argue that 50,000 fans in Fontana is better for NASCAR than 30,000 in Rockingham. But I never wrote about it. I don't think NASCAR fans care.
    What they do care is that races at Fontana are too long and boring. At least the track seems to have realized that and reduced its race to 400 miles.
    It will be interesting to see how many people show up knowing the race in March is the only NASCAR visit to Fontana in 2011.
  10. Elliotte Friedman

    Elliotte Friedman Moderator Staff Member

    This kind of argument reminds me of something: back in my sports radio days, I used to bash SkyDome/Rogers Centre/whatever as a horrible place to watch baseball. One day, Tom Cheek, the legendary Blue Jays broadcaster (and a real mentor), pulled me aside.

    He really gave it to me, saying that while SkyDome may not be the best ballpark, repeatedly bashing it was counter-productive and didn't help our station. Tom made some valid points, such as the more interest in the Blue Jays, the better it was for us. I don't think it changed my news judgement at all, but it does mean I save my bullets from time to time.

    This sounds more like a lecture or a scolding, but, to some degree, I can understand the thinking.
  11. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    Sidetracking momentarily like a slide out of the second turn with rpm's mention of Fontana shortening their races, David Hill of FOX suggests shorter races to fit within a 3-hour TV window.


    Would it help from a fan, and possibly media, standpoint to have the Daytona or Talladega 400? The World 450? Slice off a quarter of the action at Bristol or Indy?

    I think so.
  12. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    While you're at it, why not make qualifying more interesting?

    And why not tell your drivers (and their army of (mostly) unhelpful PR staffs) to make themselves more accessible to the rank-and-file media for more than a 10-minute hauler session every weekend?

    McReynolds can shove it. He's talking down to the fans just as much as the media with this rant. They can see for themselves that the product isn't compelling, especially on TV with honks like him.

    EDIT: It would absolutely help to shorten the races. Maybe even add some different kind of formats, similar to the all-star race or the Daytona twin qualifiers.
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