There’s way too much politics on TV nowadays. It’s unavoidable. I’m starting to think NASCAR needs what political analysts call “a ground game.”
Democrats and Republicans try to get out the vote. They set up phone banks, registration drives, rallies, social media campaigns and canvassing drives.
NASCAR does some of that. Every time someone mentions that grandstands look empty, someone says, well, our electronic footprint has never been better. One reason is that it hasn’t been long since there wasn’t an electronic footprint at all. TV ratings down? Ah, but the number of people who “stream” the races has gone up 1,000 percent. Go back five years, and it’s gone up infinitely.
On Saturday, when the Xfinity race at Charlotte Motor Speedway was rain-delayed and moved from FoxSports1 to FoxSports2, my TV wouldn’t move with it because, a couple months ago, I dropped the latter channel in the interest of shaving my monthly bill, which I am nonetheless still having difficulty paying.