Chase Elliott is not someone who usually expresses his opinions but during his Friday press conference at Bristol Motor Speedway, 2020 NASCAR Cup Series a hero He has some ideas on me NASCAR Scheduling and preference to not go out against NFL Sunday afternoon.
Along with avoiding the NFL, Elliot He suggested more nightly races over the summer in order to save fans from roasting in the heat for more than four hours.
“There are a lot of Sunday afternoons that we spend in some really hot environments,” Elliott said. “That’s fine, I’m good at it. But if I was a fan sitting in the stands, I wouldn’t be. For three and a half hours in August I prefer doing it at night and enjoying a night race, which is number one I think is really cool. The environment is really neat. [Bristol] It is the best race of the year. Here under the spotlight.
“I also understand it’s great because we don’t do that often but I think you see a lot of short tracks at places that do Saturday night shows and I think during the summer months we should consider doing more of it. That’s my opinion, but again, it’s not asked. No. I want to be asked and I don’t want that role. Just my humble opinion and that’s really about that.”
Elliott continued his belief in avoiding the NFL season.
36, 45, 50 [races]I don’t think it matters how many races we have but I don’t see any reason to compete against NFL football when that starts. In my opinion, this is not a battle we will ever win. I think we have to be smart about that.”
Elliot’s intentions are noble. I agree that being a spectator of a summer race in the middle of the day is tough. I’ve done it a few times and it’s not fun. I also agree that scheduling races during the NFL season isn’t ideal because people will choose to watch football instead of NASCAR. And that’s not cool when it’s a file NASCAR Qualifiers Takes place during the NFL season.
However, if NASCAR does what Elliott wants them to do, viewership will likely drop if you get out of NASCAR research and past history.
According to NASCAR SVP Media and Production, Brian Herbst, viewership is 25% higher When the race is scheduled for Sunday afternoon instead of Saturday night. This is why there are fewer Saturday night races than in previous years. And if you’re planning a Saturday night race just to avoid the NFL, you can still take on college football.
In terms of avoiding the NFL, the only way to do that is to have the midweek races. NASCAR can’t start the season earlier because that means running to Energy And they won’t have fewer races because fewer races equal less TV money NBC And the Fox. That means 36 races in 29 weeks if NASCAR wants to avoid the NFL.
Out of necessity, NASCAR had to have midweek races in 2020 in order to make up for lost time during the early months of COVID-19 pandemic. NASCAR had four races scheduled for COVID midweek in 2020, and if you compare those races to Sunday afternoon’s races that were also on cable and went against the NFL, you’ll see that NASCAR is still better off facing the NFL.
(All information from Daily Showbuzz)
Wednesday May 20, Darlington, 2.087 million at FS1
Thursday May 28, Charlotte, 1.508 million at FS1
Wednesday 10 June, Martinsville, 1.711 million at FS1
Thursday, July 23, KS, 1.470 million on NBCSN
Sunday September 27, 2020, Las Vegas, 1.970 million on NBCSN
Sunday, September 22, 2022, Kansas, 1.878 million in the USA
You have to keep in mind that these first three races happened when there was no sports competition on TV and most of the country was in lockdown. NASCAR was one of the very few sports running at the time, and two of those three races fared much worse compared to the races on cable running against the NFL. If there was any hope that midweek races would become the norm, the 2020 season ruined the idea.
NASCAR can always sacrifice some views in order to make the racing experience more comfortable for those out there. But when there’s a lot of money coming from TV and the tracks get 65% of the TV money, the ticket revenue isn’t nearly as important for the tracks they want to see more of. Even if it means some fans won’t turn up because it’s too hot.
With NASCAR set to enter negotiations on their next TV deal, they will do everything they can to increase viewership at least until the contract is signed. Tracks, teams, and NASCAR itself will benefit from TV money, so while it may not be perfect, NASCAR is better off doing what they currently do.