Are Grid Girls the Next Casualties in the War for Political Correctness?

Auto racing’s long-standing tradition of grid girls seems to be in trouble. It was early 2015 when the World Endurance Championships (WEC) got rid of them, and Formula 1 may be next. Director Ross Brawn of Liberty Media, the new controlling group of Formula 1, recently said that the tradition of grid girls is being reconsidered.

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What Is Wrong With NASCAR?

The latest race at Phoenix saw viewership tumble again to new lows. I haven’t yet seen track attendance numbers, but let’s assume they are close to what we have been seeing which means there were some seats available. In the past few days, I have read about ideas of introducing another “Winston Million” idea to the series to generate interest, making the cars quieter or adding restrictor plates to the cars at The Brickyard and other tracks to improve racing. Frankly, I don’t think any of those ideas will help…

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Jon Beekhuis Returns To ESPN As Well As Sticking With The NBC Sports Network

NASCAR’s move to NBC from ABC/ESPN triggered a lot of musical chairs of the various on-air personalities during the off-season.  It even continued into the early season. We are sure that could be a few more as the dust settles and the networks continue to jockey for position. As the sanctions make changes in TV rights networks, It keeps those sports agents for those on-air personalities busy drawing up contracts and negotiating compensation for their clients.  Veteran motorsports broadcaster Jon Beekhuis has joined ESPN’s team as a pit reporter for…

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ESPN’s NASCAR TV Ratings Broadcast Up Slightly Over Last Year

ESPN’s live telecast of the Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, Nov. 16, the final race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, had a rise in viewership for the second straight year, leading to an increase in overall viewership during the 10 races of the Chase. The Miami event averaged 5,223,000 viewers, up from 5,119,000 for last year’s race and 4,769,000 for the race in 2012, according to Nielsen Media. The race telecast earned a 3.1 U.S. household rating, the same as last year, but up…

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