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Saturday, August 13, 2021

With its burgeoning expansion and popularity, is NASCAR becoming more and more like the other sports leagues in terms of labor relations?

Could be. Not only has free agency developed (in a bizarre method whereby the owners actually might prefer dealing with a drivers’ union), but, owing to practicality, soon we may be seeing a robust NASCAR transaction wire:

The complexity of modern NASCAR contracts eventually could lead to the kind of trades that occur in other sports. The Roush/Ganassi/Penske drama could be solved with such a deal. Busch and McMurray will be lame ducks next season, an unattractive proposition for their sponsors. Their new teams would like to have their services immediately. If Ganassi allowed McMurray to go to Roush in 2006 and Roush let Busch go to Penske in 2006, Ganassi would receive compensation from Penske, his longtime open-wheel rival. It could be a driver, money or better engines for Ganassi’s struggling Indy Racing League program.

I’m looking forward to the first strike and/or lockout. And will motorsports fans still hold as much affection for their good ol’ un-athletes when they hear more and more about those multi-million dollar contracts they’re pulling in?

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 08/13/2005 01:34:17 PM
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