Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Who Should Host The Sprint Cup Series Banquet?
TDP has been chasing NASCAR and begging for information about the big change from New York City to Las Vegas for Champions Week that ends with the Sprint Cup Series banquet. We have not had a lot of luck.
Tuesday, NASCAR issued a media release detailing that the television coverage of this season's banquet was leaving ESPN and moving to SPEED so the evening could be seen live by fans. This is happening only weeks before the event.
While we waited for SPEED to finalize some plans, fans started sending suggestions in about who they would like to see host the evening's telecast. Surprisingly, no one suggested that David Spade return. Instead, there were a wide variety of NASCAR media types, some current television personalities and even some retired TV folks whose names were offered.
Since this big jump from ESPN to SPEED, we can perhaps assume that ESPN's Jerry Punch will not be the Master of Ceremonies for the banquet. That gives us an opportunity to let you read the official information and then tell us what person or duo you would like to see that might spice up the festivities and make the evening more interesting for you as fans.
Here is the news release:
Las Vegas, Nev., is the host city for this year’s Champion’s Week festivities, which culminates on Friday, Dec. 4 with the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony at Wynn Las Vegas.
This year, SPEED will televise the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony live, from 9 p.m.-1 a.m., ET. It will re-air from 1-5 a.m. ET, on Saturday, Dec. 5, and from 1-5 p.m. ET, on Sunday, Dec. 6. The awards ceremony is the series champion’s formal celebration.
“With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony moving from New York to Las Vegas this year, there continues to be a great deal of buzz about how things are going to be different,” said SPEED President Hunter Nickell. “So, when the opportunity came for SPEED to be the television home for the event, it was an easy ‘yes’ from us.
“SPEED now opens the year with the Gatorade Duel at Daytona, carries it through the NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race and NASCAR Hall of Fame ceremonies in the spring and wraps it up with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas without missing a single week of coverage.”
OK, now that everything is official, click on the comments button below to tell us who you would like to see hosting the banquet this season live from Las Vegas. As usual, this is a family-friendly website, please keep that in mind when posting and thanks again for giving us your opinion.