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Budapest Withdraws Bid to Host 2024 Summer Olympics – New York Times

Thursday, February 23, 2017

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NASCAR facing speed bumps — falling attendance and revenues – CBS News

Thursday, February 23, 2017

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Ever since its birth on Daytona Beach in 1948, NASCAR has for decades been one of the most thrilling, unpredictable and dangerous sports Americans love to watch. But enthusiasm for the sport has been sputtering in recent years and now NASCAR is facing record declines. In 2004, 8 million people tuned in to NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series. Last year, only 4.6 million did, a decrease of…

Budapest Will Withdraw From Race To Host 2024 Olympics – Deadspin

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Photo credit: Tibor Illyes/AP Budapest, Hungary, has withdrawn its bid to host the 2024 Olympics, reports the Associated Press, citing a Hungarian government spokesperson. The withdrawal technically has to be voted upon by the Hungary City Assembly, but there is no doubt that it will pass. Budapest was one of the last three contenders to host the Games, along with Los Angeles and Paris. Last week an anti-Olympics group announced…

10 richest NASCAR teams in 2017 – FOXSports.com

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Just in time for the Daytona 500 (Sunday, 2 p.m. ET, FOX), Forbes has published its annual list of the 10 richest NASCAR teams. This year, Forbes said, the top 10 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams are worth an average of $137 million each, down 7 percent from last year. Here they are, according to Forbes: Peter Casey Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

NASCAR spinning out of control, Wall Street Journal article says – Charlotte Observer

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

On its front page Wednesday, the nation’s largest newspaper by circulation said NASCAR’s problems “seem to have spun out of control.” “Long a Cultural Icon, NASCAR Hits the Skids,” reads the headline on the article in The Wall Street Journal. One of the article’s two writers, Tripp Mickle, graduated from Myers Park High in Charlotte. The article says NASCAR’s largely working class and white fan base is aging and was…

NBA’s explosion, politicizing sport and the handheld power of the fans – ESPN

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment sports + biz + culture + lifeGet REDEF delivered to your inbox rantnrave:// The NFL’s ratings problem — down 9 percent this past season — has drawn endless scrutiny. NASCAR is in trouble. The NBA’s regional sports networks have seen theirs fall by 15 percent this season and 20 of 30 teams have flat or lower numbers. Ratings have been used as…

Jimmie Johnson Tops Dale Earnhardt As Nascar’s Highest-Paid Driver – Forbes

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has been the biggest personality in Nascar for more than a decade. He’s clinched the fans’ most popular driver vote for 14 straight years. His merchandise sales lap the competition annually, and he’s been the highest-paid driver in the sport for eight straight years. But concussion symptoms caused Earnhardt to miss the final 18 races of the 2016 season and the prize money that comes with it,…

Bold idea: NASCAR should have made the first stages of races shorter – Yahoo Sports

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

When NASCAR released the lengths of stages for all of its Cup Series races last week, it was clear the lengths of the first two segments were designed to avoid fuel mileage racing within the segments. It’s not the most thrilling of visuals to see a driver pragmatically save fuel to make it to the end of a stage and collect bonus points while other faster cars have to pit…

Richard Caborn: Gambling within sport a serious problem – ESPN FC

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Dan Le Batard comments on Wayne Shaw’s pie-eating during Sutton’s FA Cup match against Arsenal. Wayne Shaw steals the show in the FA Cup, Conan O’Brien joins Gio dos Santos and more in The Sweeper. Former sports minister Richard Caborn labelled gambling within sport a “serious problem” after Wayne Shaw’s pie-eating stunt in Sutton’s FA Cup clash with Arsenal. The 46-year-old reserve goalkeeper handed in his resignation on Tuesday as…

NBA’s explosion, politicizing sport and the handheld power of the fans – ESPN

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment sports + biz + culture + lifeGet REDEF delivered to your inbox rantnrave:// The NFL’s ratings problem — down 9 percent this past season — has drawn endless scrutiny. NASCAR is in trouble. The NBA’s regional sports networks have seen theirs fall by 15 percent this season and 20 of 30 teams have flat or lower numbers. Ratings have been used as…

How and where to watch pro cycling in 2017 – VeloNews (blog)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com It’s time — time for the 2017 pro road season to kick off. Tuning in to watch isn’t always so simple for American cycling fans. So, we compiled a list of the major events, what networks or websites will broadcast them, and other relevant details. NBC Sports Group: NBC is not announcing which races will air live on cable TV until later in the…

Jimmie Johnson Tops Dale Earnhardt As Nascar’s Highest-Paid Driver – Forbes

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has been the biggest personality in Nascar for more than a decade. He’s clinched the fans’ most popular driver vote for 14 straight years. His merchandise sales lap the competition annually, and he’s been the highest-paid driver in the sport for eight straight years. But concussion symptoms caused Earnhardt to miss the final 18 races of the 2016 season and the prize money that comes with it,…

NASCAR hopes to revitalize stagnant base with new points format – Orlando Sentinel

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

DAYTONA BEACH — The 2017 NASCAR season is one of Hope and Change. Please don’t misconstrue this as a political reference. It is strictly business:  Important business for everyone in NASCAR from suits in the office buildings to firesuits inside the cars. NASCAR dramatically altered its playoff format in the off-season, and the big reveal comes this week at Daytona International Speedway. It’s the Big One, in so many ways. Biggest…

Toyota is applying ‘Moneyball’ to NASCAR driver development, and it’s working – SB Nation

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

When a team unexpectedly needs to replace a driver, it can create a lot of uncertainty. Who it will line up as a replacement is often a mad scramble to ensure a capable proxy is selected to fill the vacated seat. Last year, such a situation unfolded when Hendrick Motorsports needed to find a substitute for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr. With NASCAR’s most popular driver sidelined indefinitely, Hendrick initially…

Everything you need to know about the English soccer gambling scandal involving pie – Washington Post

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Wayne Shaw, pie enthusiast. (Andrew Couldridge/Action Images via Reuters) A gambling scandal has struck English soccer, and, like most good scandals, it involves pie. On Monday, Arsenal scored a 2-0 win over Sutton United in the fifth round of the FA Cup, the annual competition between teams from all levels of English soccer. It was an expected result: Arsenal is a traditional power, currently tied for third in the Premier…

NASCAR mailbag: Important questions answered before the Daytona 500 – FOXSports.com

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Do you like or dislike the new format changes and the damaged car policy? – Judy Well, there’s a lot that goes into that. First off, I do like the stages. Short tracks all over the country run heat races. I think it’s going to add a lot of excitement to the first half of the races, which is needed.  As far as the points go, I want…

Nascar, Once a Cultural Icon, Hits the Skids – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Nascar threw a bash at Kansas Speedway in October to thank Sprint Corp. for being stock-car racing’s top sponsor for 13 years. More than 800 Sprint employees received hot dogs, burgers and seats to a nail-biting race. One thing was missing: a new sponsor. Despite knowing for two years that Sprint was leaving, Nascar didn’t announce a replacement until December, when it announced that energy-drink maker Monster Beverage Corp. had…

Toyota is applying ‘Moneyball’ to NASCAR driver development, and it’s working – SB Nation

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

When a team unexpectedly needs to replace a driver, it can create a lot of uncertainty. Who it will line up as a replacement is often a mad scramble to ensure a capable proxy is selected to fill the vacated seat. Last year, such a situation unfolded when Hendrick Motorsports needed to find a substitute for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr. With NASCAR’s most popular driver sidelined indefinitely, Hendrick initially…

WATCH: World’s new favorite soccer goalie goes to bar during game and eats on bench – CBS sports.com (blog)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sutton United’s backup goalkeeper Wayne Shaw has taken in the soccer world by storm. But it’s not because of his ability, it’s because he’s an average guy who happens to be living out a dream, and because of what he does off the pitch.  On Monday, the non-league English side played giants Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round in a historic match for the club, which the Gunners won…

NASCAR’s supportive embrace helps Chris Myers cope with tragedy – Orlando Sentinel

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Chris Myers shares a collective heartbreak with Rick Hendrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Losses. Unimaginable ones. Myers and Hendrick buried their sons. Earnhardt buried his father. Everyone has pushed on as best they can over the years, despite the occasional tug of the heart, the tears, the emptiness, and the confusion. “It’s good to be around people who understand what you’re going through,” Myers said. “Sometimes you need the space….