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Couch Potato Tuesday: How ESPN Can Be a Victim of… Itself?

Couch Potato Tuesday: How ESPN Can Be a Victim of… Itself?

The fall race week at Charlotte Motor Speedway is the NASCAR equivalent of homecoming week. Heck, we even had a Powder Puff event (the Better Half Dash) on Thursday night. With that in mind, putting on a good show at home is crucial for NASCAR. By extension, it’s important for NASCAR’s TV partners to be on task as well. Unfortunately, ESPN effectively screwed itself over by trying to be too many things at once. With everything that happened Saturday night, ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: The Need For NASCAR TV To Delve Deeper

Couch Potato Tuesday: The Need For NASCAR TV To Delve Deeper

So, big news: Kansas Speedway’s NASCAR races were nowhere near as irritating TV-wise as Dover was. It feels great to not want to rip your hair out, doesn’t it? Of course, everyone can see my headshot to the right of the article. I don’t have that much to rip out. However, just because I stated that I don’t want to rip my hair out this week doesn’t mean that ESPN was perfect in the Heartland as it broadcast two different ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: How An Elimination Race Turned Irritating

Couch Potato Tuesday: How An Elimination Race Turned Irritating

Eliminations are a big part – perhaps, save for the actual title itself, the biggest – of the Chase for the Sprint Cup from 2014 to whenever NASCAR decides to change the format again. That much is certain; watch a NASCAR commercial these days and you know full well. But as has been outlined here in the past and pointed out by commenters on NASCAR articles, social media and the like, a race in the Chase can be an irritating ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: More of the Same from ESPN; Fox Sports 1 Achieves Despite Technical Issues

Couch Potato Tuesday: More of the Same from ESPN; Fox Sports 1 Achieves Despite Technical Issues

The second race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup would undoubtedly bring a new feature – who’s in and who’s out – into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series broadcasts on ESPN, and the Sylvania 300 didn’t disappoint. For those watching the race for the Chase, the addition may have been welcome, helping them pick out where their driver stands as the first round of eliminations approaches. For others, it’s yet again a point of contention as coverage is dedicated ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Shirking Other Responsibilities During Chase

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Shirking Other Responsibilities During Chase

When you think of Chase for the Sprint Cup coverage on TV broadcasts, what do you think of? Coverage of the playoffs, sure, but how about the other 27 drivers racing for something other than the title? Surely you expect some coverage thrown their way, right? If the first race of the Chase, held last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, is any indication, those who think ESPN will throw a bone to non-Chase competitors are very naive, indeed. The Sprint Cup ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Narrow Focus on Chase Hopefuls Hurts ESPN

Couch Potato Tuesday: Narrow Focus on Chase Hopefuls Hurts ESPN

The Chase was the name of the game last weekend, which is probably how things should be. After all, regardless of one’s opinion of NASCAR’s playoffs, it’s certainly the focal point of the next 10 races, meaning the lead-in is just as important when it comes to determining who gets to play and who’s left out in the cold. But while that emphasis shone through on much of ESPN’s Sprint Cup Series coverage this weekend, one story in particular has ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Tony Stewart Overshadows Atlanta Telecasts

Couch Potato Tuesday: Tony Stewart Overshadows Atlanta Telecasts

Tony Stewart: one of the year’s biggest stories across NASCAR, not just his Sprint Cup home base. Smoke’s story has permeated not just stock car racing coverage, dominating chatter with the usual suspects but mainstream media as a whole. It’s a phenomenon that shows no signs of stopping, even though in some areas it should… especially when NASCAR folk have full control. Example? A race, within a prevalent NASCAR series where Stewart is clearly not a part of both. Yet ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Sidesteps Stewart Bristol Salute

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Sidesteps Stewart Bristol Salute

This past weekend, the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck series were all in action at Bristol Motor Speedway, but don’t be looking for the latter here. I will be covering the Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 presented by Zloop later this week in the Critic’s Annex, along with the ARCA race from Wisconsin – because last weekend, it made much more sense to focus on ESPN’s coverage of the Cup and Nationwide broadcasts on Saturday and Friday ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Makes A Few Michigan Mistakes

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Makes A Few Michigan Mistakes

All three NASCAR national series took to the track last weekend, just a mere state border – and then some – away from each other. The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck series battled at Michigan International Speedway while the Nationwide Series took its second trip to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Unfortunately, having everything in one region of the United States didn’t eliminate the problems that have plagued NASCAR broadcasts throughout the season. Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 Fuel strategy played ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN’s Stewart, Ward Coverage Work In Progress

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN’s Stewart, Ward Coverage Work In Progress

Last weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series both traveled to Watkins Glen International – however, everything that happened there was overshadowed by what happened near Canandaigua, N.Y., Saturday night. Due to the Tony Stewart-Kevin Ward, Jr. accident that evening, after which the 20-year-old Ward lost his life, this article will only cover Sunday’s ESPN broadcast here because of the conundrum network producers faced in bringing a product to the air when many eyes were on NASCAR for the wrong ... Read More »