Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Tuesday Saga of "NASCAR Now" on ESPN2

Could someone please help those of us in the dark about what happened to the early edition of NASCAR Now on Tuesday?

Those of us who use the DVR for this program were surprised to find it did not air due to a strange combination of circumstances. It seems that breaking news and then SportsCenter took this timeslot.

If The Daly Planet readers who were viewing this program live and followed the happenings could post their account of what occurred on this page, the rest of us would all be very grateful to you.

We are keeping our fingers crossed for the late re-air of this show, but there was nothing in the 9PM timeslot that was mentioned as a replacement airing.

Thanks again to all of you for your help with this interesting TV issue.

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Matt said...

ESPN had a 90 min Town Hall meeting on Michael Vick in the 6pm time-slot usually reserved for SportsCenter. SportsCenter was therefore moved to ESPN2 (why not ESPNEWS I have no idea.) To me, it shows exactly where NASCAR ranks on ESPN execs list of important sports. I highly doubt NFL Live or Baseball Tonight would have been pre-empted the way NASCAR Now was. NASCAR Now will air, by the way, at 12 midnight ET.

Anonymous said...

ESPN began the 6pm hour with breaking news about an NFL quarterback change. Then the show just turned into a regular edition of SportsCenter. There was however, at about 6:15 PM, a "Program Alert" ticker that said NASCAR Now will be shown at 12 AM, but no one in the ESPN studio actually said anything about. I should add that College Football Live was also postponed by SportsCenter and it will air tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

ESPN was more concerned about pissing people off with more Michael Vick race-baiting garbage than showing real sports. What a surprise!

slithybill said...

I tuned in right at 5:00 (Central time) and assumed the previous show ran long. Then the ESPN HD logo zoomed up and I thought NASCAR Now was starting and I didn't pay much attention. Then it went to a "Breaking News" flash and the host onscreen was defintely not Eric Kuselias or Brad Daugherty. He started talking about Lovie Smith and I thought he had been fired or died. But no, Lovie just decided to bench Rex Grossman this Sunday and start Brian Griese in his place.

ESPN2 was running a Program Alert on the bottom stating that NASCAR Now could be seen at Midnight tonight (Eastern time).

There was no mention by the SportsCenter announcer about NASCAR Now being pre-empted. At least none that I heard.

I guess ESPN didn't factor on such earth-shattering breaking news occuring today, since they were showing the Town Hall meeting on ESPN. And ESPNews was showing a rerun of Around the Horn, but I didn't check that channel to confirm it.

By the way, I always assumed NASCAR Now was broadcast live. Now I'm not so sure. Is it broadcast live, or is it pretaped?

I just tuned in to the midnight show but missed the beginning so I don't know if they explained any of this, but I doubt it.

slithybill said...

I just caught the end of NASCAR Now and Eric Kuselias signed off with "Here comes SportCenter!" Well, he was wrong about that, too. The original 6:00pm airing should have been followed by "College Football Now" and the midnight airing is being followed by "The Contender".

If Mr. Kuselias has this much trouble reading a schedule....Ah, never mind.

Maybe he was told SportsCenter would pre-empt "College Football Now" and NASCAR Now would air as scheduled. Was ESPN afraid of being scooped on the Grossman benching and went on air a half hour early?

SophiaZ123 said...

Just checked this show out a little after midnight to see if they talked about Carl's penalty.

THEN They talked about the young wonder boy Joey Lagano (sp?) and had an interview with him. SAY WHAT? This was nice to see but too bad the show featuring him was blown off for the minutia I am reading ESPN had as "BREAKING NEWS"

They have several channels, why do they ALL have to focus on the same breaking storie. It's garbage stuff (OJ or Vick) or some quarterback changes? I dunno..did not have the tv on.

I kind of listened to part of the show and turned it off after the young interview with Joey segment was over. Maybe I was just shocked but it SEEMED like Erik was not being so HOSTILE and edgy about stuff? He was nicer last week when I saw the "jr show" with Rick Hendrick...and then I think I caught part of Monday's show..and Eric was not as SHOUTY as usual.

Still...not a regular viewer. Would rather just read about it here.

But could it be they are trying to make it a kinder, gentler NNow?

Now if they could ONLY PRETEND NASCAR has a truck series.


Anonymous said...

Well I *did* get the early airing of NN but only because I DVR Ray Evernham's show.

I was watching Oprah and it flipped over and I hear Erik saying something about "and a recap of our top story...yada yada yada". At first I thought something huge happened that I missed that caused it to be an hour show (as it has done a few times) but then a bit later he signed off advising us that SportsCenter was coming up and they'd be back to their regular time on Wednesday.

It does get frustrating when things you *expect* to be on at a certain time is changed with nary an explanation.

Anonymous said...

I watched at 5:30ET. Sportscenter came on at 6pm. I imagine Sportscenter didn't get bumped to ESPNews because ESPNews isn't available in HD, and Sportscenter is an HD show. I imagine that ESPN made their scheduling decisions for ESPN2 late yesterday or early today. Otherwise, I'm pretty sure today's showtime would've been mentioned yeserday.

I don't think this has as much to do with NASCAR as it does with all ESPN sports specific shows. Anyone ever tune in for Baseball Tonight only to find out it's 20 minutes long and doesn't even show every game. Just a few highlights, an MVP debate, and a bunch of scoreboards.

Nice to see Logano on the show today though.

Daly Planet Editor said...

So, what actually happened is that the network moved the show up by thirty minutes, right?

I certainly think that is one tough decision considering in that timeslot most of us are doing other things and put that show on the DVR or VCR.

Thanks again for helping with that info everyone.


Anonymous said...

ESPN treats NASCAR as if it is an obligation that must grudgingly be dealt with, not a sport that has a solid fan base of millions.

Desmond said...

Oh, I don't think anyone has mentioned this, but this was a last-minute decision by ESPN. The on-screen guide listed NASCAR Now and College Football Live (which was a re-air) in the time slot that was given to SportsCenter.

Since the "town hall meeting" about Michael Vick was presented under the SportsCenter name, I thought there were be several inserts of current sports news during the program. Instead - and there was no compelling reason behind it - an entire second SportsCenter aired on ESPN2.

I missed both broadcasts, but I trust from the other users that it aired, so at least there was a show last night.

SportsCenter has aired on ESPNEWS before, as late as April during the NBA playoffs, so "no HD capabilities on ESPNEWS" is not an excuse.

By the way: I put "town hall meeting" in quotes in this case because it resembled a Michael Vick pep rally at times.

Anonymous said...

Daly Planet Editor said...
So, what actually happened is that the network moved the show up by thirty minutes, right?
September 26, 2007 9:38 AM

What do you mean? NASCAR Now did not air until 12AM. The show could not have been moved by just 30 minutes because SportsCenter lasted at least an hour after 6pm.

slithybill said...
By the way, I always assumed NASCAR Now was broadcast live. Now I'm not so sure. Is it broadcast live, or is it pretaped?
September 26, 2007 12:29 AM

I always thought NASCAR Now was only live on Sunday and rarely on the weekdays.

Daly Planet Editor said...

I got several emails that said the early edition aired at 5:30PM. Can anybody verify that? When I watched the overnight airing the host said they had been on at a special time and then he lead to the wrong program. I assumed they had been pushed thirty minutes earlier as several emailers had said. Anyone? Anyone?

Anonymous said...

Now this is starting to make sense. For Erik to say SportCenter is next, the show would have to started at 5:30 and ended at 6. Could someone who actually saw it, confirm it?

Jo said...

Desmond's right. NASCAR Now aired at 5:30 on ESPN (though the program guide didn't show that)--I only caught it by accident. Kuselias, as usual, said nothing about the change. My guess is the show was taped around 3:30 or 4 PM and then they jiggled things around to show the Town Hall thingy in HD. At the end of the show, Kuselias made a ref to "back to our usual time on Wednesday." Very unusual not to have the DirecTV guide updated--ESPN's program guide usually is very accurate unless an event runs way over...

Anonymous said...

Jo said...
Desmond's right. NASCAR Now aired at 5:30 on ESPN (though the program guide didn't show that)--I only caught it by accident.

September 26, 2007 5:38 PM

Did NASCAR Now air on ESPN or ESPN2?

Anonymous said...

Speaking of NASCAR TV, What do you think of ESPN's new series "NASCAR: Chasing Glory"? It's like kind of like "survival of the fastest" and it seems pretty good so far. Its airing right now at 5:30.

Anonymous said...

Whoa!!! ESPN2 just aired a promo for SportsCenter. They said it is next at 6PM. How is this possible when Erik said NASCAR Now would be back at it's normal time today and TV Guide Online says NASCAR Now is next?

Anonymous said...

forget that last comment NASCAR Now is airing in its normal time.

Daly Planet Editor said...

The Chasing Glory program will be addressed in an upcoming column.

The situation of moving NN earlier happened earlier this year, with the same bad results.

The network knows that a show airing at 6PM in the east and 3PM in the west is mostly being put on DVR's nationwide. Any time change simply results in a missed recording.

This was a bad decision.

Anonymous said...

Its strange that they didn't tell us NASCAR Now would be on earlier than usual, because ESPN had been promoting the town hall meeting about Vick for over a week.

Anonymous said...

On tuesday, ESPN2 has a program at 5:30pm on Ray Evernham which I also DVRed. When I went to watch NN. I got the Sportscenter programing as well. I then went to view the Evernham program and guess what - NN instead!(no idea whatever happened to the Evernham program). This on Time-Warner cable in Dayton, Ohio.
Tom in Dayton.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Thanks Tom,

I guess I am just going to have to start putting the timeslot before and after on my DVR for NN.

Its just tough because it forced fans to go elsewhere for the Edwards points penalty news and this show really cannot lose any more viewers.


Jo said...

Anonymous, NN was on ESPN2 on Tuesday at 5:30 EST (though it was scheduled for 6 PM EST).

JD, looking forward to your comments on "Chasing Glory." Can't find a word about it on the ESPN website!

Anonymous said...

Jo said...
looking forward to your comments on "Chasing Glory." Can't find a word about it on the ESPN website!
September 26, 2007 11:12 PM

I know it's been airing Wednesdays right before or after the early edition of NASCAR Now.