NASCAR trumps end of Sox-Yanks
Sun Apr 13 08:12:11 EDT 2008

I think all parties (FOX, MLB and NASCAR) can anticipate rain (yes, even race cars can't run in the rain) and maybe up here in the Northeast (including Yankee fans) people are up in arms about the Heidi-esque cutaway.  I'd contend other parts of the country were probably content to lose baseball on a national FOX feed and get back to racing (especially in the South and Midwest where baseball isn't as prevalent as NASCAR is).  

Keep in mind - us race fans (this one who happen to also be a baseball/Red Sox fan) were already into our Pre-Race show when we were booted for a 2+ hour rain delay from soggy Fenway Park.  To me, THAT was annoying.  Granted - could there have been an exception for Fox 25 to continue with the ball game?  Maybe, depending on the contractual obligations, but at least there were other options (radio and FX) versus the Heidi game which probably wasn't on a local radio outlet (and def. wasn't on Cable) at the time.

 -------------- Original message ----------------------
From: "Bob Nelson" <>
> In recent baseball playoffs there were situations like this:
> Game A (1 pm start) is on WTBS and is running late. Game B (4 pm start) is 
> supposed to also run on WTBS. During Game A,
> they announce that the start of Game B will be on their sister station, TNT. 
> Once Game A
> ends, Game B moves to WTBS.
> But this is a different situation: it involves the END of a game. 
> NASCAR must have a lot of pull (and a contract stipulation). It could have been,
> "We will go to the NASCAR here on Fox when this game ends but you can see the 
> start of
> the race right now on FX". That didn't happen. The abruptness of the switch--
> no announcement saying, "We will now go to the NASCAR race but you can see
> the end of this game on FX" just before the flip--indicates that NASCAR may have 
> volunteered to delay
> the start of its race a few minutes...but then they got restless and ordered Fox 
> to 
> pick up the start of its race, and NOW.

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