Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Mount Vernon WA
Yeah, CBS took a backmarker position to show some F1 races leading up to the USGP. Their coverage is OK, but not as good as Varsha and Hobbs on Speed. Even so, I always felt that the Speed guys knew stuff they were't telling us, being PC so to speak, so as not to lose their priveledges with Bernie. Especially true about Raikonnens late night liasons last year, with his wife chasing him around each race town trying to find out where he was.
I remember when ESPN and ESPN2 was "The World Leader in Motorsports Coverage". And they really were, too. They had F1, ChampCar, Drags, Toyota Atlantics, IMSA, everything, all the time. Now they are the "Extreme Stick & ball Poker Network.
Speed has unfortunately now become the MTV of racing. When ESPN decided to court 19 year olds, Speed took over serious racing coverage. Now, they too have dumbed it down to "Unique Whips", "Pinks" and other crap. Barrett-Jackson coverage and the occasional races (which are seldom promoted, only die-hards can search out the time slots) are the only salvation of the network. Unless, of course, you're a NASCAR fan. The NASCAR programming to those guys is hotter than a $200,000 Plymouth Roadrunner stocked full of Coors Silver Bullets. I can only hope that the NASCAR craze crashes about the same time as the B-J muscle car market.
OK, sooner maybe...