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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 »

Couch Potato Tuesday: A New Man In NASCAR’s Play-by-Play Chair

Couch Potato Tuesday: A New Man In NASCAR’s Play-by-Play Chair

Last weekend, all three series were back in action, though they were split up between Pocono and Iowa. ESPN continues their “lame duck” season covering the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series, while FOX Sports 1 continued their longtime coverage of Camping World Trucks. U.S. Cellular 250 On Saturday night, the Nationwide Series was back in action at Iowa Speedway for 250 laps of competition. With the Sprint Cup Series in action at Pocono Raceway, it meant a second production crew ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Throws Kitchen Sink At NASCAR In Final Season

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Throws Kitchen Sink At NASCAR In Final Season

ESPN has been part of the 2014 season due to its year-long tenure as the broadcaster of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, but last weekend, the network hit the true beginning of the end with the start of its final season of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series coverage. But how, exactly, did ESPN fare as it expanded to two broadcasts over a weekend? Put simply: there were some encouraging points, but improvement is needed even in a lame duck season. Lilly Diabetes ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Gives Nationwide Regulars Rare Respect

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Gives Nationwide Regulars Rare Respect

Last weekend, the Sprint Cup Series had their final off-weekend of the season. While some drivers took the week off and went off on vacation, others were still on the track. And some writers, like myself, were even busier than on a normal weekend with a Cup race. That’s because Chicagoland Speedway hosted a doubleheader on Saturday, with the ARCA Racing Series serving as support to a 300-mile Nationwide Series race. FOX Sports 2 and ESPN were the sites of ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: TNT’s Swan Song Exposes More Cost Cutting?

Couch Potato Tuesday: TNT’s Swan Song Exposes More Cost Cutting?

It was the end of an era Sunday afternoon in Loudon, N.H. The Sprint Cup Series ran a race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, as it does twice a year. But Sunday wasn’t just the final race for TNT’s 2014 Summer Series — it was also the final scheduled race for TNT in NASCAR broadcasting, period. The network and Turner Sports will not air a race in 2015, for the first time in over 30 years. As such, there was ... Read More »