The NHRA is a drag – it’s drafty, the ships leaking and that ain’t good, either.
The TV telecast are in short, poor. Paul Page was all but hated in the IndyCar circles, so they tossed him away over to drag racing which he has very little knowledge of, no matter his experienced background. Mike Dunn is fine but one man doesn’t make a show. ESPN, hasn’t done much with advancing their end of it but another problem has been too much John Force (which has blown up in everyones face) and not enough of the other hundred or so pro drivers.
I know, I’ve gone off on this before but it’s getting worse – if that’s possible. Also, the time slots and/or lack of them has made the ability to watch a drag race, nearly impossible, especially if you want to DVR it. How about that TAPED womens tennis match that delayed the racing by well over an hour. You turn on your DVR ready to see how qualifying went and … WTF … Maria Sharapova? I mean she’s a beautiful woman and all but womens tennis?! Taped?! Really?!
The NHRA is really to blame for all of this and it has to do with its non-competitive nature in the organization – it’s a non-profit. Like a government, there’s little incentive WHEN compared to a for-profit business corporation. I could go on about this end of the problem but maybe for another day. And the contract with ESPN obviously doesn’t allow for any controls and that’s pathetic.
The point is this: Do we continue as fans to be abused by high ticket and concession prices (hello, there’s a Recession out here) or sit home and watch little league baseball, beach volleyball or soccer exhibitions? Yea, not much of a choice. Or is there?
Either NHRA needs to sell itself to a real business outlet or we need a new organization that offers fans value, entertainment and quality production of race viewing. Time to sh** or get off the pot – for everyone. The bands playing and were on the Titanic.
Do you feel a draft?