Monday, December 26, 2011

Holiday Recap: Here's What We Know


It's been a whirlwind of NASCAR TV and media news for the last month. Here is a little reset of what we know and some of the things coming up.

SPEED is back on the air with NASCAR from Daytona on January 12. Three days of Sprint Cup Series testing will feature a morning and afternoon session. The 9AM activity will be carried only on the SPEEDtv.com website. The 1PM session will be live on SPEED.

The network is still working on final on-air talent line-ups, but Darrell Waltrip has already said he will be there for all three days. That kind of sets the tone.

On Sunday, January 22, SPEED will carry live the NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremonies featuring Mr. Waltrip and the other inductees.

NASCAR RaceHub on SPEED returns the following Monday, January 23. Steve Byrnes will again be at the helm and the show has been scheduled for 6PM ET. The West Coast re-air details have yet to be announced, but look for 11PM again as the time.

SPEED closes out January with live coverage of the Rolex 24 from Daytona on the 28th. We will pass the on-air announcer line-ups along when we get them.

No word from ESPN on the role of Marty Reid for next season or any changes in the NASCAR announcer line-ups. A network spokesman told TDP that NASCAR Now will be returning in 2012 but there were no specifics provided.

While the Sports Business Journal reported that NASCAR will be buying back its digital (online) rights from Turner Sports, that deal is expected to be completed in 2012 and start with the 2013 season. Right now, nothing will change in terms of SiriusXM's NASCAR channel not being streamed online or NASCAR races being available on the Internet.

There you have it, just a snippet of the things going on right now as we work toward 2012 and a big reset of the NASCAR season. Sponsorship issues are dominating behind the scenes right now and it continues to be a very tough landscape to try and find dollars for racing.

Feel free to leave a comment of ask a question on these topics. Just click the comments button below. Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

24 comments:

hotaru-hockeymaiden87 said...

"The network is still working on final on-air talent line-ups, but Darrell Waltrip has already said he will be there for all three days. That kind of sets the tone."

-So it looks as though I'm NOT going to watch the test stuff (even though I said I'd might). Or if I do, the computer will be MUTED.

Fed UP said...

At what point will Speed finally learn that shoving the motormouthing waltrips is not what a majority of the fans want?

DW says that politicans should wear their "sponsors" logo...here's an even better one, anyone involved in owning, or in anyway connected to a race team SHOULD not be allowed in the booth. Apparently, some have never heard of the term conflict of interest.

GinaV24 said...

"sets the tone" - 3 days of DW? Sorry not for me, I'll catch the highlights here or on jayski or twitter.

Daly Planet Editor said...

I sense we might have a theme working here for FOX and SPEED.

sbaker17 said...

Will the last Waltrip out, please turn out the lights?

Anonymous said...

Ahh,those Chevy Lagunas were great looking race cars.Not really looking forward to the All Waltrip Channel.

Terry

fins2112 said...

Like it or not, networks almost never cater to the hardcore fan, because there's relatively few of them. They always try to attract the cssual fan because that's where the numbers are. That's true of every sport, not just NASCAR. As a hardcore fan, I don't appreciate it but somewhere they must have some research that indicates the Waltrips draw casual fans. That does beg the question though, what kind of fan does Tim Brewer and the Craftsman Tech Center draw?

Anonymous said...

Blunt force trauma victims, fins.

Anonymous said...

Finns 2112, you hit the nail on the head. The networks ignore the longtime, hardcore fans in search of the new casual fans. Dustin Long creates this great weekly survey and even though he says some higher ups read it, they seem to ignore many of the fans most important requests. One question in the survey had a result of 40% said they hated the idea of both Waltrips on the broadcast. No disliked, HATED, yet they do it anyway. Go figure. Makes a fan like me who really loves racing feel hopeless. Not looking forward to the buffoon brothers bloviating on the broadcasts. Wayne

fins2112 said...

Anon at 2:25.

Only those who prefer their blunt force trauma self inflicted...

Anonymous said...

I am the minority of these comments. I like DW! That being said, here is hoping SPEED gets their act together enough so I can once again download their iPhone app .

Daly Planet Editor said...

Anon 2:53PM,

Don't get the issues confused. "Liking" DW for his NASCAR history and personality is a lot different than hearing him dominate a race telecast with old-school terminology and stories.

Two very different topics.

JD

Bobby O said...

Can all of the "Wal's" go the way of the Oprah channel?

They are equally interesting to me!

Happy new year to all!

Shayne Flaherty said...

DW should have been fired years ago. His antics in the booth are an embarrassment to the sport, much like his last few years behind the wheel. Never underestimate the power of the "mute" button.

Anonymous said...

Priorities! Let's not waste complaints about DW while Marty Reid might still be in any broadcast booth!!!!

jerry said...

Guess I'll have to hang out somewhere else till the FOX season is over. I'm not gonna stand in the bash DW line.

Yes. I admitted a long time ago I'm a biased DW fan.

I'll be back once it's time to tear Rusty a new one.

Jerry

OSBORNK said...

The Wals must have an inside source that feeds them information they use to blackmail the powers at the networks. I can think of no other reason they would still be on TV bloviating with useless misinformation. I was sick of DW by the time he won his first race. It's a shame I have had to suffer him through all these many years just because I enjoy racing.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Jerry,

Don't worry about what others say, just state your own views. Just the way the world works!

JD

GinaV24 said...

sbaker17,ha, I agree with you, but I'll bet the last fans will leave long before the Waltrips and Wallaces, along with the networks paying their salaries get the message. If they would be professional and talk about the race, I'd be fine - the current way the broadcasts are run however annoy me.

Happy to hear that Steve will be back with RaceHub. Sorry that they decided 6 pm is still the time, that timeframe guarantees I have to DVR it since that doesn't work for me to get home. A re-air at 11 p.m. helps from that point of view at least.

GinaV24 said...

LOL, Jerry, anyone who's a long time fan of ANY driver that others don't like has to develop a thicker skin. Heck, I'm a Jeff Gordon fan -- I've had things thrown at me at racetracks. JD doesn't let any one get out of hand with any "bashing", that's why this blog is such a great place to talk.

As JD pointed out, I "like" DW under certain circumstances, I love some of the old timer story shows and when he's relaxed, but not when he and his brother dominate a broadcast without considering that as a fan, I tuned in to watch and hear a race called, not be a part of DW or whatever driver/mfg he is cheering for fan club, then they lose me.

BToS JD said...

Come mid-January NASCAR testing TV coverage is a breath of fresh air for this old guy that is not a fan of stick and ball sports.

Regarding the Waltrips, Michael is someone I can not stand in the broadcast booth. Darrell is enjoyable for me, especially when he's with Mike Joy and Larry McReynolds. That is my favorite announcing team for NASCAR CUP racing.

Anonymous said...

The two best commentators out there are Ricky Craven and Mark Garrow. This would be a great opportunity for NASCAR and Speed / ESPN / Fox to put them together during a test session and see how they do. Anyone listening? Bueller? Anyone?

Daly Planet Editor said...

Should get the testing assignments this week. Will pass it along ASAP.

Anonymous said...

I happen to like the Waltrip's also, but Craven would be an excellent addition.