Is it time to shorten Nascar Sprint Cup races?

Everyone is trying to find an answer to Nascar’s declining television ratings. Some point to a dull Chase format, some to boring races and some to bad television production of Nascar races.

One idea that I like has actually been suggested by Fox Sports Chairman David Hill. (Here’s the story) His idea? Shorten all Sprint Cup races to fit into a 3 hour window with another one hour set aside for pre-race and post-race combined.

California finally caught on that 500 miles was too long there and shortened their race to 400 miles.  It turned into a better race.

Do we really need 500 miles twice at Pocono? 500 laps at a Bristol?

I would keep Daytona obviously at 500 miles, the 600 at Charlotte but everything else would be negotiable.

A NFL football game runs approximately 3 hours, a college football game about the same.  NBA game?  A little over two hours.  NHL? Two-and-a-half hours.

America’s attention span keeps getting shorter and shorter and maybe it’s time to fit the product to the audience.

One idea I’m not in favor of that Hill suggested is that many of the races move to Saturday night to stay away from going up against the NFL.

To me that forgets the person who is paying their hard earned money to attend the race as opposed to someone sitting in their La-Z-Boy at home.

Would I really want fans driving hours to go back home after a race ended at 10:30 at night? No matter what, fans that buy tickets must come first in any decision. They have earned that right by giving up not only money but their time to attend a race in person.

As I’ve said before, Nascar and its television partners can market the hell out of the racing but it still comes down to the product every week on the race track. Come up with a great solution to that and all will be well.

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Is Nascar suffering media overexposure?

Last time I asked if Nascar can be fixed.  Now I ask if part of Nascar’s problem is that it is overexposed.

Let me ask you this.  Is there anything that a fan DOESN’T know about Jimmy Johnson, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards or any other top Nascar driver?

Between all the media that is out there these days especially with the growth of social media, I think fans even know when their favorite driver has a bowel movement!  (Okay, that was a little more graphic than I probably needed to be.)

While some believe that to be great and want EVEN MORE information, I feel less might be the key.

There is no mystique left about today’s Nascar drivers.

Back in the day (okay, I admit I’m a fossil) we knew little about Richard Petty, Fireball Roberts, the Allisons, the Yarboroughs and many more away from the race track.

We knew just the basic details about their personal lives. However what we did know and that mattered most to us was that they could drive the hell out of a race car. It was that simple.

There was a mystique that surrounded them.  These men were tempting fate each time they got into a race car. We didn’t need to know they were going to the Caribbean to snorkel for a week of R&R!

If you need 24-hours a day of Nascar news and to know every little tidbit of information there is, then have at it. For me, I’ll just stay living in the Dark Ages.

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