NASCAR trumps end of Sox-Yanks

Mark Watson
Sat Apr 12 21:46:09 EDT 2008

Bob Nelson wrote:

> After a two hour rain delay, Jonathan Papelbon comes onto > shut down the 
> Yankees. There are two outs in
> the top of the ninth, Sox up by one--and suddenly the >picture on Fox 
> switches to NASCAR auto racing.

   As Fox was promoting all afternoon during the Sox-Yankees game, the 
NASCAR race coverage was scheduled for an 8PM Eastern start. Obviously the 2 
+ hour rain delay is something that can't be predicted in advance. When the 
game was halted Fox shifted to the other game of the week they were 
carrying, Arizona/Colorado, which was in the 9th inning and was over not 
long after it was joined. I had some other stuff to tend to in the house, 
and when I was channel surfing just after 8, I saw the NASCAR pre-race show 
on Fox, so I figured the Sox game had ended. A few minutes later, I was 
surprised to see the Sox game just resuming, with constant reminders that 
the NASCAR race will start after the game's conclusion. When the game was 
abruptly switched to NASCAR, the race had already started and was in the 2nd 
lap, which made it obvious NASCAR wasn't waiting for the Sox game to end and 
they just went ahead and dropped the green flag. Or did Fox tell NASCAR to 

Mark Watson

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