ESPN2 Angers NASCAR Fans

Monday, August 27, 2007

ESPN 2 was carrying this past Saturday's Busch Race and everything was going on swimmingly. That was until "human error" cause the network to lost it's signal entirely during Lap #247. Normally it wouldn't be a big deal....you apologize when you come back and go on with the race. Well there was one small problem at Bristol.

There's only 250 laps for this race, and when the signal came back. The race was over...

Human error caused ESPN2 to lose its signal in the final laps of Friday's Busch broadcast from Bristol and caused fans to miss the final two laps ESPN spokesman George McNeilly said.

"We sincerely apologize for briefly losing transmission due to human error and have taken steps to prevent this from happening again," McNeilly said in a statement. "As soon as transmission was reestablished we apologized to viewers and replayed the last two laps of the race."
Dagger. I wasn't watching, but lucky for us someone from NASCAR Nation has created a 9-minute YouTube clip detailing the terrible coverage throughout the race. The dead air comes in at about the 7-minute mark, but the whole thing is pretty hilarious.



Blank Screen (Roanoke Times)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 2:26 PM

8 Comments:

Look I'm not a Neckcar fan whatsoever, so this whole Busch Series thing totally eludes my grasp.

Isn't it the equivalent of the MLB minor leagues? Why are the races televised, why does anyone care, and why do Nextel Cup stars continue to participate in minor league events?

That would be like Johan Santana going down to AAA in between starts, striking out all 27 batters and then having people accept it as an actual meaningful accomplishemnt.

J Rose said...
Aug 27, 2007, 3:09:00 PM  

The reason The Busch Series is so big is because they race at the same track most of the time and a lot of times with many Nextel Cup racers. That and the cars are not that different.

That aside, ESPN sucks excrement thus far with NASCAR. Why Fox isn't the only station to televise NASCAR is besides me.

Fortunately, I was scuba diving all last week and missed both the flap in the Busch race, and the apparently totally boring Nextel Cup race with the COT in which nobody can pass anybody.

I only hope NASCAR fixes these problems.

Dummy said...
Aug 27, 2007, 5:19:00 PM  

"I like Nascar because I can follow it. You just go around and around a track in circles."

- Corky from "Life Goes On"

Anonymous said...
Aug 27, 2007, 6:37:00 PM  

"I disagree. Race car driving is HARD!"

- Nick Hogan

Anonymous said...
Aug 27, 2007, 6:42:00 PM  

Shake and bake!

thejim said...
Aug 27, 2007, 8:08:00 PM  

Actually those COT cars had no problem passing each other. The record number of passes at Bristol was more than DOUBLED. That happens when you turn a one groove track into a multi-groove track.

Anonymous said...
Aug 28, 2007, 2:18:00 PM  

Some of these comments reinforce why I like Nascar. No steroids like baseball, no dog fighting scandals like football, not even any thug participants charging into the stands to attack fans like the NBA. As for soccer, anyone that likes that game should be deported.

Anonymous said...
Sep 9, 2007, 6:53:00 PM  

IT'S 7:45 9/15/07 WHERE IS HAPPY HOUR??? THIS IS A DISGRACE AND A SLAP IN THE FACE TO NASCAR FANS. IF YOU WANT TO BROADCAST NASCAR DO IT OTHERWISE GET OUT OF THE RACING BROADCAST BUSINESS. WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT YOU ARE.

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2007, 8:04:00 PM  

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