A DYING SPORT: WHY NASCAR CAN’T COMPETE WITH OTHER SPORTS

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“An aging fan base with no real replacements.”


NASCAR is a family owned sporting events organization that governs over auto-car racing series. It has been in existence for 70 years and popularity has held on strong all these years. But with an aging generation, what is to come of NASCAR. Also in combination with the social climate and lack of global competitiveness, NASCAR is a dying sport. Now you might ask yourselves, what do you mean by the social climate, aging fan base, and the lack of competition. From the looks of the audience attendance, socially it looks fine. People are having a good time and getting along just great. And the competition could never be greater. So what am I eluding to that is why the sport could possibly be dying out.

For starters, the social climate of NASCAR that is unlike any other sport. For years, the “image” of NASCAR has been the good ole boys. Whether true or not, Confederate Flags, racial sentiment, and hardcore right wing conservatism has been the face. NASCAR for years have fought against these claims Related imagestating they are in no way shape or form associated with such degradation. Yet, when the CEO Brian France decided to make the move and endorse Donald Trump for president, more questions started to arise. So now, NASCAR has that image, an image no other sport has attached to it. Me, myself, I have never been to an event, nor have I ever seen a NASCAR event, but you just know that image exist. An image which turns you off at a young age.

Well, well, is that the only reason that NASCAR could be dying out. No, another reason is that there is an aging generation associated with NASCAR. The real lovers of NASCAR are so much older, and younger generations are turning to sports like football, basketball, hockey, soccer, and baseball. Who is to keep NASCAR going with so many older fans, and young fans fleeing for something else. Certain well known names synonymous with NASCAR have made the sport popular. But even they are nowhere near the popularity of other sports athletes. This sport makes you feel old when you watch because of the fan base. Everyone seems like my grandfather’s era who loves the sport. Yet, there is still another reason why NASCAR is falling in popularity.

And here is my biggest concern with NASCAR, the lack of global competitiveness. For example, Danica Patrick is great, but is she better than a race car driver in Russia, China, or Italy. Lebron James is great because he not only competes in the NBA, but have competed in the Olympics against the greatest in the world. So when you watch the NBA, you know you’re Image result for global sportswatching the greatest on Earth. And that’s what NASCAR need to do; open up the competitions to a global base. Find the best who do what you do elsewhere, bring them into the loop and then win. Now when people show up, they are given the pleasure of watching the greatest in the world. Right now, you know they’re good, but I know someone elsewhere who can beat you. So what is your greatness really?

And in the end, it all comes down to competition. You would think maybe it’s age, but the fan base who patronize the games of a lot of pro sports is middle age. You might say, what about diversity, but tennis, golf, and hockey are not as diverse, yet more popular than NASCAR. It all comes down to the competition. NASCAR is very isolated from the rest of sports on Earth. The globe competes in everything else: MLB has been known to have global games, Track and Field, NBA, NHL, Wimbledon, PGA, Soccer, even the NFL has Canadian, European leagues, and now, regular season games overseas. Yet NASCAR is left out because they have created an organization of isolation. And the problem with isolation is that it’s dangerous because you kill your ability to grow.


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SUPER TEAM: WHAT IT SAYS ABOUT TODAY’S GENERATION

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“How come we are afraid to lose?”

NBA super teams have become the norm in today’s society. And to be perfectly honest, it makes the NBA kind of boring. You don’t see it as much in the MLB, NFL, or the NHL. Super teams sound exciting, but when the same teams are in the finals consistently it waters down the sport. Don’t get me wrong, I witnessed the NBA run of the Chicago Bulls coming through the 1990’s with their 6 rings in 10 years. But, and there is a but, the Chicago Bulls had a superstar in Michael Jordan, the next best in Scottie Pippen, and amazing roll players who became stars themselves: Kerr, Rodman, Longley, Kukoc, Horace, Armstrong, and Paxton.

Some of the names I called off were, at their height, some of the best in the NBA in addition to being roll players. This is why Chicago was so much fun to watch. It’s kind of like the New England Patriots. Even though I am a Dallas Cowboys fan, the idea of 52 players on a roster, where we only know the names of a few, but they come together as a team to win Super Bowls is great football. It’s something so pure about a group of guys who win without that extra edge. Super Teams on the other hand are like using legal steroids.

The move of Kevin Durant to the Warriors really showed how boring the NBA has gotten. But is there more to this than sports? What does this say about our new millennial generation? Michael Jordan came out and stated he wanted to beat the best, not be on their teams. But when players today feel themselves losing, they run to the dynasty team. It says we as a generation can’t deal with the losing and must run from the challenge. In the millennial generation, today everyone gets a trophy, so you’re taught you’re great before you prove your greatness.

But then when you have to continue to lose, it really hurts and we tend to not be able to deal with the adversity. Look at Michael Jordan, he played for seven years before getting his first ring. He now is considered the greatest NBA player in history. He’s also a cultural icon for his game play and his apparel. He learned to consistently win because he took so many loses. That adversity makes you great. Tom Brady also was a last round NFL draft pick, sat on the bench behind Drew Bledsoe, and now is arguably one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks in history.

Will the super team mentality come back to haunt us? Will there come a time when Kevin Durant is alone and have to do it without his guys around? How will he feel once he realizes he’s going to lose here as well? But most of all, his former teammate Russell Westbrook has a chip on his shoulder because of his former teammate leaving. This may bring out greatness in Russell. But remember, there are a lot of other players who now want to knock the Warriors off their throne as well as the Cavaliers in the NBA.

In the end, how will this pan out moving forward? Will the super team method fizzle out? Or will people become bored and the NBA forced to make some adjustments? Because the Yankees tried to reach out over the years and build their super teams, but MLB players killed that plan. It’s what makes baseball exciting to see the Cubs and Indians play today. We have not seen the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees in the recent years in the World Series. Your super team building creates a beast. And that beast will eventually come for you.