Monday, Feb 06

Fox Makes Major NASCAR Mistake, Could show Changes Coming With Coverage

With about three weeks since the launch of the new 24/7 sports network, already they have made a mistake covering NASCAR. Fox Sports One replaced the only American dedicated Motorsports channel back in mid August of last month.

Yesterday on Crowd Goes Wild, Fox Sports One made one of the biggest mistakes to ever happen on a sports television network. The network got Atlanta winner Kyle Busch mixed up with his brother Kurt Busch and actually had a valid story that Kurt won the race.

Many people last evening responded to me in shock after posting this picture that Gina Navarra (@OfficialGinaN) posted on Facebook of the mistake.

Photo: Gina Navarra (@OfficialGinaN)

The majority of the NASCAR events last weekend at the Atlanta Motor Speedway was televised on Fox Sports One’s secondary station and leaving many fans left to not watch practice and qualifying. Fox Sports 2 is available in about 40 million homes while Fox Sports One in available in 90 million households. 

Many fans have gone out in full-force tweeting their displeasures with Fox on taking away the speed channel. The weeks leading up to the channel switch, Fox said fans would not notice any differences in practice and qualifying coverage that it would stay the same.

By this lack of effort on the Fox Sports One network, many NASCAR fans are questioning if they really care about NASCAR coverage or more for football, baseball, or college football.

In my honest opinion, these new television contracts starting in 2015 could shift the NASCAR media industry in a very bad negative way. With less coverage already of the sport by newspapers, television shows, and magazines its already showing a negative impact.

Brett Winningham

Brett has been following the sport of NASCAR since the beginning of the 2006 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Since Brett was 13, he has had a passion of chasing a job in sports that not many get the opportunity of doing. He has been in the NASCAR media since the middle of the 2010 season. Since then, he has been a part of many racing podcast shows to improve his talents. You can find him on twitter @NASCAR_Brett.


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