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Wednesday, July 18, 2021

NASCAR competition consists of auto-racing teams, but they’re not “teams” in the same sense as those found in other major sports leagues. In fact, in stark contrast to the franchise structure that exists in big-time hockey, football, baseball, and basketball, NASCAR’s competing entities exist only on the sufferance of the sponsorship money they can pull in — if that dries up, the team goes belly-up.

There’s a reason for this state of affairs:

The recent passing of former chairman Bill France Jr., the staunchest opponent of franchising within the sport, have led to whispers that implementation of the ownership system may be on its way in NASCAR. Don’t bet on it. What will keep franchising from becoming a reality isn’t a desire for open competition. What will keep it from happening is the fact that franchising would alter the power structure within the sport, providing owners with much more leverage than they have now, and diluting the influence of the brass in Daytona Beach.

Look at sports leagues that have franchising, and you’ll also find ownership boards and policy groups. You’ll find offseason owners’ meetings where rules changes are discussed and approved. You’ll find that owners who pay millions of dollars for the right to compete also want a degree of authority on how their sport is run, authority that NASCAR is unlikely to give them.

It’s hard to argue with success. NASCAR’s grown into a multi-billion dollar enterprise under its entrenched single-source ownership, so there’s no compelling fiscal reason to change.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 07/18/2007 11:06:03 PM
Category: Other Sports, SportsBiz
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I know nothing about the upcoming SOAPnet series “The Fashionista Diaries”, nor do I care to learn.

But I’ve gotta give props to the choice of tagline:

THE REVOLUTION WILL BE ACCESSORIZED

It’s meaningless marketing-speak, of course, but still catchy. Wordplay on Gil Scott-Heron’s iconic phrase/concept “The revolution will not be televised” abounds in popular culture, but I still get a kick out of seeing new variants, regardless of application.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 07/18/2007 09:46:50 PM
Category: Fashion, Pop Culture, TV
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