When the NBA suspended its regular season in March, other major sporting events quickly followed suit.
Soon, sports fans had nothing to watch but reruns, documentaries, and the occasional high-pressure marble race.
But with one announcement, this sport could be the first back in mid-May and have fans back on their feet cheering.
Did you actually think fans would be allowed in-person at a sporting event? If so, sorry to get your hopes up.
While live sports may resume shortly, fans must watch from an approved socially distant space – their couch.
Still, after more than two months without any live sports, the long-awaited return – of NASCAR – was announced.
Sunday, May 17 the Cup Series will resume at Darlington, continuing on through America’s Home for Racing, the Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600 — the “toughest test of man and machine” — on Memorial Day Weekend, Sunday, May 24.
NASCAR fans might not be able to spend the day guzzling down frosty cold beverages (responsibly), scarfing down grilled meats, or playing cornhole next to their pickup trucks at the racetrack.
But Sports with Balls experts don’t see any reason why you can’t just do those same things in the comfort of your own home.
Challenge your neighbor to a couple rounds of cornhole, setup the 10×10 canopy in the front yard with your tailgate down, bring the TV outside, and crack open those beverages throughout the day while you await the race.
Of course, it may be harder to replicate the roar of 36 750+ horsepower engines, the smell of the fuel and burning rubber. But we’re sure some of our more resourceful readers may find a way . . .
Once considered “America’s fastest-growing sport” by Forbes magazine in 2005, NASCAR has since seen its viewership plunge from 8.4 million that year to 3.3 million in 2019.
In its rush to expand in traditional left-wing strongholds like California – a state that barely allows cars to begin with – NASCAR began cancelling races at beloved southern tracks like Rockingham and North Wilkesboro, alienating their diehard fans in the process.
To make things worse, NASCAR execs are exploring pursuing hybrid engine technology . . . Yeah, ‘cause that’s what a bunch of macro-beer drinking, diesel truck driving fans want to watch.
Still, you have to wonder: Will NASCAR’s return to live racing on television with no other live sports on the air lead to a boost in its ratings?
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