• UNCONVENTIONAL WISDOM: If Bernie Ecclestone is to be believed, Formula One is the only major sporting series in the world not concerned with attracting new and younger fans. Ecclestone's financial success of F1's commercial activities is unquestionable, but his age, legal problems, the series' out-of-control costs and now his latest pronouncement has only increased concerns about his capability to lead going forward.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

DALY NEWS

John Daly, of The Daly Planet, was Wednesday night's Newsmaker of the Week on The Race Reporters. John was an exceptional interview and anyone who has ever commented on how TV covers motorsports should listen. John's site is DalyPlanet.blogspot.com .

Here's one of John's insightful quotes:

"The No. 1 topic on my web site, and the No. 1 topic in my E-mail, is the fact that, while there are 12 drivers in the Chase, all the other teams have disappeared. The fundamental issue that ESPN, and even NASCAR, is wrestling with is that fans don't change their allegiance. So, when you eliminate Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and all the other high-profile non-Chasers from the television coverage, you encourage the fans to turn the channel and watch their local NFL game."

Use this link to listen to the show:
http://www.modavox.com/voiceamerica/vepisode.aspx?aid=41366

Upcoming The Race Reporters guests:
(Show is live Wednesdays at 7 p.m. EDT, downloadable, and available on-demand. Click on TRR page logo in upper right-hand column.)

October 7 -- Gil de Ferran. Panelists: Mike Harris, Gordon Kirby.

October 14 -- Bryan Sperber (president, Phoenix International Raceway). Panelists: Terry Blount, Ron Lemasters Jr.

October 21 -- Antron Brown. Panelists: Larry Henry, Bobby Bennett, Corinne Economaki.

October 28 -- A.J. Allmendinger. Panelists: Dave Kallmann, Lewis Franck.

[ more early next week . . . ]