NASCAR’s Biggest Problem, Fan Relations

When people brag about NASCAR one of the first things they mention is how you can easily meet all of the competitors. This aspect of fan relations, they’ve done a great job with. However, these drivers are not NASCAR, and NASCAR has a problem, not the drivers.

This Saturday NASCAR was supposed to run the Coke Zero 400 in Daytona, but instead we were met with rain. Hey it happens, and in this case NASCAR only took about an hour and a half from the scheduled start time to call the race for the night. At this point many fans were soaked, angry, and ready to go back home.

Thirty minutes before this point, I was on twitter, watching the news, and talking to my friend and my dad. We saw, as many other people did a clear shot to get the entire race in. When? 9:00 A.M. Sunday. The radar showed for rain to start around 11:30 and 2.5 hours would be just enough to hope for the rain to hold out. Drivers were hoping for a time in that range, as were spotters, and fans. Not NASCAR. Going with our only source of track update from the Daytona International Speedway official twitter feed, we were left with 140 characters that gave no explanation as to why it would start so late (11 A.M.). We were just left knowing that the first major rain storm would end our race the next day.

Now, many people might be saying, “big deal.” Well, here’s why it’s a big deal, this is nothing new for Daytona. Two of the last four Daytona 500s were pushed back, or moved due to rain. Much like this past Saturday, fans were stuck in the rain, waiting for official word. Much like this past Saturday, people were forced to go home without seeing the race due to work. Much like this past Saturday, fans had no way to get money back, unless they buy an insurance policy on tickets. Finally, much like this past Saturday, people who wanted to come back drove all the way back home, in high volume traffic. Most people had a minimum drive of 1.5 hours, including 45 minutes to get down International Speedway Blvd.

NASCAR has shown they have trouble getting younger fans. If you go to any NASCAR race you can see that the fan base is getting older. NASCAR wants young fans, but they won’t give the instant satisfaction many young people crave, they are seemingly 100% against social media, they will not make changes to try to bring in new fans, but they will placate the old guys. They will suck every dime out of these people before they die.

Why? It’s simple NASCAR is old, the people that run it don’t seem to think that anything is wrong, but new people aren’t coming out in droves to see these races. Is anyone paying attention to the way ESPN is cramming the World Cup down our throats? It’s amazing, I could go all day without a TV and have live second to second updates on scores, fouls, and injuries. I could have live updates on who moves on, and what their chances to win it all are. I could look at my phone at any time during any game and be informed. By multiple sources too, Google, FIFA, ESPN, TSN, Official Team accounts. NASCAR has one app, which is a paid app for the good features and alienates fans that decided Sprint was officially too horrible of a service to handle.

NASCAR needs to realize that a new approach to an old game isn’t a bad thing. They also need to realize that the people spending money at the event are doing so because they want to have fun. Sporting events are meant to be fun, exciting, and leave you wanting to come back for more. Now, if the action on the track just isn’t up to par for the day, that’s to be expected every once in a while. People will sit in the rain for football, or soccer games because there is a game going on. They’re not upset because they’re getting their promised money’s worth. They’re not upset because when there is rain it just isn’t cancelled due to rain. The NFL doesn’t let fans wait around for hours before they say, “Come back tomorrow.” They don’t play one second of the second half and go, “Yeah, no way anything else could change.” It’s disgusting how NASCAR fans get treated because they’re loyal.

NASCAR needs younger fans, or soon their fans will all be dead. They need to do this through smarter planning, social media and maybe even changes in race structure (but that’s for another day). NASCAR needs to help us help them, answer the tweets asking about weather updates don’t wait 45 minutes, or longer between updates. We are asking for simple communication, you know that thing NASCAR always says their athletes have with fans? Yeah that, but this time from NASCAR. Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, and Dale Jr. shouldn’t have to be telling fans about what they “think” the race status is because the social media is lacking.

Build a relationship with fans, or go away. As a life long fan, and fan of other sports I’m sick of the treatment. The NHL, NFL, NBA, and NCAA have never treated us like we should stick around and wait for them. They’ve never tried to play parts at a time all day long to say they did it. They rely on putting on the show they claim to put on. No more of this on the day of stuff, if it won’t happen. No more of well we tried, when you knew 50% was the best outcome for the time you chose. No more ridiculous waiting period for updates.

Transparency is the key, try it sometime.

The Curious Case of the Hot, But Not Seared Marlin

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With their best record since 2009, the Marlins are off to a hot start. Finally. After today’s loss to San Diego the Fish are a division leading 5-2. As a life-long fan it’s a great feeling to be doing this well, but its hard to not keep wondering when it’s going to all come crashing down.

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What Do The Panthers Do?

Are you scared?

If there is one thing I know how to do very well, it’s hate South Florida professional sports teams. I have grown up here my whole life. I hate the Heat, the Panthers, and the Dolphins. At the end of the day, I just really hate baseball. Here’s the deal, I have one option when it comes to hockey live, The Panthers.

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Baseball season is upon us.

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Once again it is that time of year. Birds singing, bugs buzzing, and wood bats cracking. Baseball season is finally upon us and with it comes the sun and warmer temperatures, at least in most places. I feel as though my first post should be one that tells a little about me. Who I am. What I love about baseball. Why my voice is worth paying attention to.

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Are We Missing Something? (UFC Edition)

Is it worth all the hype? No, really I’m asking.


 

So recently the UFC unleashed their “Fight Pass” on-line subscription service, and in my opinion only furthered the gap between traditional sports fan and MMA extremist. 

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UFC 159 Picks, Not Predictions

So after a season of minimal trash talking on The Ultimate Fighter, and even less trash talking in the promotion of the fight, Chael Sonnen will take on Jon Jones for the Light Heavyweight Title. I do not care to tell you who is actually going to win, so if you bet based on my expertise, well let me know how you do.

Main Card

Chael Sonnen vs. Jon Jones
So many people say Sonnen has done nothing to deserve this fight. So many people say Sonnen will lose in the first round. So many people say this fight hurts the legitimacy of MMA. So many people are going to lose out. Chael Sonnen will walk into that cage, smash Jon Jones into a million pieces and walk out. Will he be the champion? I’m not sure, it depends on the rules of DQ with a title change. I do however know that Chael Sonnen will win, just because I really would like to see how the UFC uses Jones after a loss.
Chael by Decision.

Alan Belcher vs. Michael Bisping
Alan Belcher hates people. He was once quoted as saying so. That’s a problem for Bisping, because he is exactly what Belcher hates. Okay, I don’t think any of that is true. In fact, I’m pretty sure Belcher hates Bisping for the same reason most of his opponents do, talking crap. Belcher will come out to some awesomely American song, and Bisping will come out to Song 2 again. I hate Song 2.
Belcher by TKO in 2.

Roy Nelson vs. Cheick Kongo
Nelson made a promise to the Devil once. He agreed that in exchange for awesome head and facial hair, he’d knock out anyone. Kongo on the other hand, made a similar deal with God in exchange for a perfectly smooth head. The problem in this fight lies in whether you believe the Devil was good or evil. Well, it doesn’t matter because the Devil’s guy punches harder.
Nelson by TKO in 2.

Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes
Vinny has spent time with Sonnen, a lot of time. There’s no way someone can spend that much time around greatness and not have some rub off on them (See). Davis is at a major disadvantage there. Fighting has nothing to do with skill, it’s all luck. Just ask Leonard Garcia .
Vinny by Sub in 2

Jim Miller vs. Pat Healy
Jim Miller is from Jersey. Where’s Jersey? I don’t know either. They say he’s going to fight with the spirit of some guy named “The Boss”. Healy is from Strikeforce and everyone from Strikeforce fights with a chip on their shoulder, because they aren’t good. Honestly they’re horrible, nobody even saw them on that channel. These two bearded men will be fighting in the hopes that someone can point out where their from on a TV Guide, or better yet a map.
Miller by Sub in 1

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Check Out The New Spider-Man Costume

Comingsoon.net has posted a first-look at the new costume in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Now this looks muy Amazing

Finally, the costume looks more traditional. In fact, it looks very similar to The Ultimate version of Spider-Man, which is exactly where the film seems to be headed plot-wise.

I enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man and thought that the best things it had going for it were the cast and crew. They had to re-tell the origin story, which was fine too, I just wasn’t a big fan of The Lizard. That said, I’m looking forward to the sequel and trust in the creative team developing the film to finally give Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone a chance to blow the first film out of the water. With a fresh new story and casting like Jamie Foxx as Electro and Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn, I have faith that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will impress everyone.

If nothing else, the costume looks good so far.

IOC Drops Wrestling, Let’s Get It Back

Starting in 2020, the Olympics will no longer contain wrestling.(ESPN) I don’t understand this move one bit. What I do understand though is how to get this sport back in the games. I’m not going to sit here and be cynical about which sports to take out, instead I’m going to suggest we boycott these products until we know wrestling is safe.
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Xbox Pushing Me to Play Station?


With the news of a required internet connection and no used games presented by Kotaku, I am leaning towards Sony now more than ever.

Having to be connected to the internet is not a major deal, if you live in an area that has high-speed internet. In the United States, having high-speed internet isn’t available everywhere. This is going to push people away, but the biggest problem lies in the one time activation code that one can use to play a game.

This code isn’t for online play, it’s for play in general. Now I have younger brothers and friends, we borrow each other’s games and often play on each other’s systems. How is one expected to buy several copies of one game to play in a household? Microsoft may be digging their grave here. Think about all the people you know with more than one kid or sibling, then think of how likely it’ll be for them to buy two copies of the same game just so that they can both play on their own gamer tags. Not coming up with too many people? Yeah, me either. Sony already has the Blu-ray feature, and will have a much cheaper, if not still free online option so there’s two advantages gone. If they have no activation code, they’re already in the positive for anyone over the age of 15, because let’s face the facts Kinect isn’t really impressive. Right now Sony is winning, just because of the Xbox reports, I don’t think information about a new system is supposed to hurt you when the competition has absolutely nothing to fight back with.

Would you buy a system with these two features?

It’s Official. J.J. Abrams Will Direct Star Wars Episode 7

…Awesome.

In a galaxy far, far away, the director of Star Trek decided to make a really wise decision…

J.J. Abrams is undeniably a talented filmmaker. I mean, he made Star Trek good, right? And as a Star Wars fan, that’s saying a lot.

Sure, he can direct amazing blockbuster films with huge action sequences and stunning CGI. Who can’t these days, right? But what Abrams does best is give us characters we care about. Every film of his has a level of humanization and raw emotion that you can’t help but get sucked into. Now while Abrams is on board to direct the next Star Wars film, I hope that he has more creative control of the story and bringing out some humanity in this universe that we were definitely lacking in the first trilogy.

I’m sure that there are a bunch of Trekkies out there who are pretty pissed right now, but you know what? Get over it. You are gonna have two great Star Trek films thanks to this man. That’s two more than I ever thought there’d be.

Star Wars Episode 7 is a chance to reignite Star Wars for another generation. With the production team they’ve set up already with J.J. Abrams directing and Michael Arndt writing the screenplay, I have a feeling that the start of this trilogy is going to create a new hope for Star Wars fans everywhere.

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