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    OK, I've been thinking (I know that's dangerous) about how NASCAR doesn't let RPM2Night to conduct interviews within track confines or show video highlights. They are basically restricting ESPN and deliberately hampering their reporting abilities, even though ESPN is NASCAR friendly. But there is no media outcry in support of ESPN.

    On the other hand, when Tony George tried to revoke Sports Illustrated's press credentials a few years ago - or more specifically Ed Hinton's - the media rallied around Hinton, even though he had been totally biased against the IRL and even though he was only having his freebies taken away - there was nothing preventing him from buying a ticket and reporting on the race. In essence IMS was only taking away his viewing perch and his coffee and donuts.

    Anybody else notice this double standard?
    "Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate."

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    I believe all the networks, including CBS, are paying ESPN back for releasing Craig Kilborn into the entertainment world.
    Track Fifedom

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    • #3
      There's a part of me that enjoys watching those in the media throw hissy-fits when they don't get exactly what they want.

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      • #4
        All NASCAR has said is that ESPN cannot broadcast from the track. The reporters have media credentials, and can gather as many stories as they want at the track. NASCAR did not take their credentials away, they just said that they cannot broadcast any footage recorded on the grounds.

        If you read your ticket to any sporting event, it pretty clearly states that you cannot sell any image or video from the event without permission.

        If you want to talk about denying press credentials, what will happen in Indianapolis next month would be a much bigger story.

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        • #5
          Oddly, Fox, Speed, et al, can carry current footage of IRL races when reporting on them, but ESPN can only show snapshots or three year old footage.

          And yet they continue to cling to the legs of NASCAR just like a jilted girlfriend.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by JoeBob:
            <STRONG>If you want to talk about denying press credentials, what will happen in Indianapolis next month would be a much bigger story.</STRONG>
            F1's closed door policy is hardly late-breaking news.

            That Fan-First Nascar would emulate F1 is.
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            • #7
              ESPN can and does use video footage from the Nascar races. They just can't use it on RPM2Night because Fox determined it to be an entertainment show and not a news show. Sportscenter always has video.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by flagman:
                <STRONG>ESPN can and does use video footage from the Nascar races. They just can't use it on RPM2Night because Fox determined it to be an entertainment show and not a news show. Sportscenter always has video.</STRONG>
                Using that logic, there's nothing to keep NASCAR from declaring Sports Center as an entertainment show - sports after all is nothing more than entertainment.... in fact, what's the first word in the ESPN acronym?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Defender:
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                  And yet they continue to cling to the legs of NASCAR just like a jilted girlfriend.</STRONG>

                  Sums it up perfectly!
                  If you're watchin' the stands, you're missin' the action!

                  Mario won the 1967 Daytona 500, without the hoosier inspired sour grapes from the NASCAR faithful !

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by MichaelP:
                    <STRONG>

                    ...in fact, what's the first word in the ESPN acronym?</STRONG>
                    Excuses? Envy? Embarrass? Ewe? Erroneous? Evasive? Enema? Erase? Effeminate? Exiguous? Exclude?

                    I give up.

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                    • #11
                      ENEMA! thats the one.
                      sa

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                      • #12
                        Actually, not being allowed to show footage is "payback" for ESPN's actions towards
                        FOX / NBC.

                        IIRC, towards the end of the last year of their (ESPN) contract to televise NASCAR, FOX & NBC wanted to send film crews in to shoot live footage to use in "promos" for the upcoming year and ESPN denied them the right to do so. What goes around comes around.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jcroche:
                          <STRONG>Actually, not being allowed to show footage is "payback" for ESPN's actions towards
                          FOX / NBC.

                          IIRC, towards the end of the last year of their (ESPN) contract to televise NASCAR, FOX & NBC wanted to send film crews in to shoot live footage to use in "promos" for the upcoming year and ESPN denied them the right to do so. What goes around comes around. </STRONG>
                          Shooting promo's and reporting are two different things.
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                          • #14
                            But there is no media outcry in support of ESPN.
                            On the other hand, when Tony George tried to revoke Sports Illustrated's press credentials a few years ago - or more specifically Ed Hinton's - the media rallied around Hinton...
                            Simple. One was a business deal, the other was someone being punished for a view they expressed (right or wrong). No one's playing favorites for or against any series.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Gizmologist:
                              <STRONG>
                              Simple. One was a business deal, the other was someone being punished for a view they expressed (right or wrong). No one's playing favorites for or against any series.</STRONG>
                              That's what makes what NASCAR doing even worse. I could see them doing that if ESPN was trying to drag them down and slander them, etc with tablid journalism. But ESPN is still NASCAR friendly and they get hung out to dry. Sports Illustrated had pretty much resorted to tabloid journalism, and IMS was every bit within their right to not comp them.
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