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NBA vs. NASCAR

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  • NBA vs. NASCAR

    On the off chance there is someone out there interested in discussing something other than Artest/Peja....

    I suppose a lot of us were listening to 950 AM today (oops - yesterday, I'm posting in the early morning hours) to catch Rakestraw's thoughts on Artest. Did anyone else catch him saying he thinks NASCAR has replaced the NBA as the third most popular sport?

    I don't follow NASCAR at all, but I was taken aback by this. I didn't realize it was even in the game, compared to the Big Three (or even Big Four with the NHL).

    Does anyone out there agree with him, or is he way off base?
    "If you ever crawl inside an old hollow log and go to sleep, and while you're in there some guys come and seal up both ends and then put it on a truck and take it to another city, boy, I don't know what to tell you." - Jack Handy

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    I really don't doubt that it isn't true Nascar is very popular , this is what I been doing during my little break for the summer is going to races around the country and I do it every summer.

    It seems when I goto a Pacers game anymore it's all suits and higher class people and not the real fans I remember , I am not saying real fans don't go but it just seems more like a big bussiness party at Pacer games. Now when I goto Nascar Races you see alot more families and don't ask me why , you just do.

    I have been going to the Brickyard ever since it hit IMS and Enjoy it too death , it's a fun filled weekend for me and I always have a wonderful time and have met alot of wonderful people from around the country. If it wasn't for my great love of basketball I would probably buy a RV and attend every race and there are a large amount of folks who do this.

    Nascar is one of those things that you gotta enjoy more to the race than just going in circles , there is alot more too it than just jumping in the car and driving the wheels off til it melts down or you cross the finishline.
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      The ratings and stuff for NASCAR are huge. I don't get it at all, since I think all racing (other than WRC) is boring as hell, with NASCAR being the worst, but that's just me. I know people who LOVE to just sit and watch a bunch of rednecks drive around in circles.

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        Re: NBA vs. NASCAR

        If they watched the Birckyard Sunday lots of NASCAR fans might be cured. That may have been the worst race I ever saw - unless you like seeing a car with flashing lights lead the field at 60 miles an hour.

        As to the popularity, NASCAR caters to the "average guy." The NBA doesn't - not really. NASCAR has good Network TV coverage. If you want to really follow the NBA, you better have cable. NASCAR drivers seem like ordinary people. They sit down and sign autographs (are required to), give access to fans, etc. The NBA believes their players are elite and they don't have to be accessible to fans and if they want to smoke dope or do coke they might get penalized after they're caught for the third time.

        I could go on but I think a lot of it has to do with how people relate to the average NASCAR driver as opposed to the average NBA player.
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          Re: NBA vs. NASCAR

          Originally posted by Zesty
          The ratings and stuff for NASCAR are huge. I don't get it at all, since I think all racing (other than WRC) is boring as hell, with NASCAR being the worst, but that's just me. I know people who LOVE to just sit and watch a bunch of rednecks drive around in circles.
          I thought I was the only person in the US watching WRC!

          I cant stand NASCAR I am bored to death with cars just going arround in circles that are engineered to give a close race. The IRL and NASCAR are both extremely boring to me.

          Now World Rally and Formula One are two forms of racing that I can really enjoy.

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            I figured I would see alot of comments about cars going around in Circles , but anyways. If NAscar is so Boring then Please Explain why it's so popular and maybe that's the real question here
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              I think one of the reasons for Nascars popularity is the fact that it happens during the slow summer months, when there is little to no competition elsewhere in the sports world.

              Racings only real competition is Baseball, Golf, Tennis, and midget wrestling. I think it boils down to needing SOMETHING...ANYTHING, to come up with to pass the summer months and have an excuse to get away from the wife and go drink beer at "Bobs house".

              If Racing was going head to head against football and basketball the last 50 years it would never be as popular as it is today. I know plenty of die-hard racing fans that when the tail end of the racing season overlaps with the beginning of football season, they watch the football games and tape the race.





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                I have a theory as to NASCAR's surging popularity, as well as the decline in popularity of leagues such as the NBA. It's simple: the more globalized a sport becomes, the less Americans seem to pay attention. Americans identify with athletes from the US (and maybe Canada), but seem to shun anyone from anywhere else. The NFL is arguably the most popular sport in the country; it's almost entirely composed of American players. NASCAR is also nearly completely composed of American drivers, thus its massive popularity. The NBA, NHL, and MLB each have a significant number of international players. The recent (last 15 years) surge in support of NASCAR is a result of the US ethnocentric feeding frenzy. Of course, cable television coverage (NBA) and continual labor disputes (MLB, NHL) also don't help. I simply believe more goes on than meets the eye.
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                  I have no clue on why NASCAR as a sport is so popular, but I have a reasoning for the high ratings.

                  Well obviously, all the races are on network channels, but it's mostly the fact that it's ONE race a week. All the Jeff Gordan fans, all the Dale Earnhart Jr. fans, all the fans of every single racer have to watch the SAME race every week.

                  The NBA relies on every team being popular, but that simply isn't true.

                  In my opinion, saying that NASCAR is more popular than the NBA is pure crap. Millions of fans daily wear their favorite players' jersey, while it's not that far in NASCAR. And that doesn't even include how popular the NBA is world-wide.
                  "It's just unfortunate that we've been penalized so much this year and nothing has happened to the Pistons, the Palace or the city of Detroit," he said. "It's almost like it's always our fault. The league knows it. They should be ashamed of themselves to let the security be as lax as it is around here."

                  ----------------- Reggie Miller

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                    Re: NBA vs. NASCAR

                    Originally posted by obnoxiousmodesty
                    I have a theory as to NASCAR's surging popularity, as well as the decline in popularity of leagues such as the NBA. It's simple: the more globalized a sport becomes, the less Americans seem to pay attention. Americans identify with athletes from the US (and maybe Canada), but seem to shun anyone from anywhere else. The NFL is arguably the most popular sport in the country; it's almost entirely composed of American players. NASCAR is also nearly completely composed of American drivers, thus its massive popularity. The NBA, NHL, and MLB each have a significant number of international players. The recent (last 15 years) surge in support of NASCAR is a result of the US ethnocentric feeding frenzy. Of course, cable television coverage (NBA) and continual labor disputes (MLB, NHL) also don't help. I simply believe more goes on than meets the eye.
                    Good Post I can somewhat agree with that , well atleast you didn't mention the words Redneck , Beer Drinking



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                      Re: NBA vs. NASCAR

                      Have you ever heard the saying that you will never fail by playing to the lowest common denominator?

                      NASCAR is popular for the same reason that Wrestling is popular.

                      In a real sport that has no enforced equalizer there will be people like Michael Shumacher who will dominate. In the IRL and NASCAR they are rigged to take the advantage of the better driver away. Sure you still need to be a good driver to win a lot of races, but random chance will help many drivers who would have never won a race win in NASCAR and the IRL.

                      I think that people enjoy the side by side racing and they just dont realize that the cars were engineered to do that. They should just give up the pretense and call it IROC.

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                        Ac tually... the only thing that surprises me is that we're talking about whether Nascar is the 3rd most popular sport. I'm surprised that the debate isn't whether it is the 2nd most popular sport. As for the NBA vs Nascar. I doubt it is even close... Nascar is more popular IMHO. I'm willing to bet its merchandising in sheer volume outpaces the NBA.

                        And I believe the gap is widening.

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                          Re: NBA vs. NASCAR

                          obnoxiousmodesty, very interesting post.

                          racing around an oval track with banked sides at high speed seems to remove the skill of the driver from the equation as much as is possible. seems almost like an engineering challenge more than a racing challenge.

                          in australia, basketball has to fight against a number of other sports and the tickets to matches aren't what you'd consider cheap in this country to go watch sport. but compared to the NBA, it is positively cheap to go see an NBL game. it definately seems that the NBA is trying to market its superstars more than it is marketing the game itself.

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                            Re: NBA vs. NASCAR

                            How do we judge which sport is more popular.

                            Total television viewers ? if that is the case then the NBA is way more popular. Nascar has an event once a week for something like 40 weeks a year. There is only one show per week. The NBA has dozens of games every week.

                            If you add up the total viewers who have watched the NBA last season and compared it to the total viewers who watched Nascar the NBA has more viewers, as far as gross totals go.

                            OK, you say well that is not a good barometer. Maybe not.

                            But the NBA Finals got more viewers per game than the Daytona 500 about 30% more. And the Daytona 500 is an event that every fan knows when it will be, and it is more comparable to a NBA Finals game 7.


                            OK you don't like that barometer either. Does the average Sunday afternoon Nacar event have higher ratings than tht eaverage NNBA regular season Sunday afternoon game, yes without question about double the viewers. But NBA fans have dozens of other games they can watch every day of the week. Nascar has one event per week.

                            If there was one NBA game per week on national TV Sunday afternoon I think it would get higher ratings than Nascar.


                            So it is very difficult to compare the ratings of the two sports. The fairest comparision is the Daytona 500 ratings vs the NBA Finals ratings and the Pistons lakers ratings were about 30% higher. Of course to be fair the Nets vs Spurs Finals ratings were lower than thr Daytona 500 rataings.


                            No doubt Nascar has a larger die-hard fan base than the NBA.


                            I think the NBA is more popular when you take everything into account, but it is much, much closer than it used to be

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                              Re: NBA vs. NASCAR

                              Well there are so many issues to debate with this topic. First of all nascar has definitely passed the NHL in terms of what are the biggest drawing sports. BUT so has Golf.

                              I think a lot of fans on this forum will disagree with this nest statement, because they are NBA fans, but outside of NBA circles it is common knowledge it is losing pace to a lot of sports not just Nascar.

                              For example it could be argued that college basketball and college football are far superior to NBA. Add in Nascar and the resurgence of MLB and NBA is becoming just another sports league.

                              The only true monster is the NFL. There is nothing even close to it in terms of popularity.

                              Now onto some of my thoughts on the reasons why other sporting avenues have caught up.

                              1. And i know this will strike a cord with lots of people, but it is not meant to be offensive....but the NBA does not have the diversity of players to attract fans of ALL colors. What i mean by this, is sure the NBA has white players, Chinese players, Euros, etc...but it is not as widespread and per team as it is in NFL and MLB. For example if i am a white person and want to follwo a white player(be it wrong or not) chances are in NBA there may not be one on my local or favorite team, where as in NFL or MLB there is a good chance my local or favorite team will have one that i can call my favorite player.

                              This is not a racist statement just a note that as a certain race or type of person it is easier to follow and have favorite players that you can relate to in other leagues than the NBA.

                              Lets face it the NBA is an African American dominated sport. Bird is right, there are very few white superstars....and lets be honest what is the largest majority of American sports watchers. I would venture to say the white male, simply becuase of numbers. And then you add in the sports wives and women that watch that are white and it only increases.

                              Now i am white, but i love the NBA, but looking at it objectively, this is why many people i know dont follow the NBA because they cannot connect with not only the game but the way it is played. No more jump shots, passing, etc...its all about one on one playground moves and highlight dunks. Obviously true NBA fans know it is more than that, but the common fan does not.

                              2. Scheduling. period. too many games. The NFL and Nascar have proven that a weekly event is much easier to sell than a nightly event. Too many games and long seasons lead to people tuning out and not caring until playoffs come around. In NFL and NASCAR every race or football game means something. Your season and chances of being a champion are on the line every game or race. It adds drama and excitement to every play, every race maneuver, etc...

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