It's not required, but TMS hopes fans use common sense and wear a mask at NASCAR race
Texas Motor Speedway is not going to make it mandatory for fans to wear masks if they attend NASCAR’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 on July 19. At least not unless the state or Denton County makes it mandatory like Tarrant County has done to slow the spread of coronavirus.But track president Eddie Gossage said they are strongly encouraging fans to wear masks if they attend next month’s race.“Folks need to wear a mask. Good common sense,” Gossage said. “We strongly encourage people to wear masks. I will be wearing one, personally.”Along with Gossage, the rest of the TMS staff, vendors and NASCAR pers...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
What will college football look like when it returns — and is it even smart to play now?
We’re desperate for football scores, right? But shield your eyes from this one, dear readers.CORONAVIRUS 27, FOOTBALL FANS 3That’s how last week felt as optimism from the likes of Auburn President Jay Gogue — “We’re going to have football this fall” — got pummeled by the reality of positive COVID-19 tests at Clemson, a canceled game (the 31st Southern Heritage Classic) and Dr. Anthony Fauci warning, “Football may not happen this year.”Fauci’s warning came a day after I tweeted that a source high up in college athletics said it’s 50-50 at best that football is played this fall. We also talked a...
NASCAR is changing and growing more diverse. It may leave behind fans stuck in the past
Dave Fulton compared himself to Mr. Krabs.“On the Spongebob series that my grandsons loved so much,” Fulton, 71, said. “Too crusty sometimes.”The former Richmond International Raceway employee said he has been a longtime NASCAR follower, beginning in 1964 as a dirt track racing spectator, and has worked in various PR and marketing positions in the motorsports industry over the years.Fulton said he’s now 20 years removed from attending a NASCAR race in person, but he still follows racing news, often posting his opinions on happenings in the sport on Twitter. He also uses the social platform to ...
The Charlotte Observer
Florida Gators banning 'Gator Bait' cheer because of 'racist imagery'
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida Gators opponents on the verge of defeat will no longer be showered with taunts of being “Gator Bait!”UF president Kent Fuchs announced Thursday the popular cheer would be banned at sporting events due to the “horrific racist imagery” associated with the phrase.“While I know of no evidence of racism associated with our ‘Gator Bait’ cheer at UF sporting events, there is horrific historic racist imagery associated with the phrase,” Fuchs wrote in a letter to the university community. “Accordingly University Athletics and the Gator Band will discontinue the use of the c...
Stefan Bondy: The restart of sports is the perfect time to end the national anthem ritual before games
Without fans for its restart in Orlando, Major League Soccer confirmed it won’t play the national anthem before games.We’re guessing the NBA will do the same. Opening up the bubble to anthem singers just doesn’t make sense.What this experiment can become then is an opportunity to finally do away with a silly ritual. Permanently. Forget, for a moment, the player protests during the anthem, which adds another layer to the argument (more on that later). The reasons for performing this song before every game are just silly, and they create a false equivalence between patriotism and sports. One has...
New York Daily News
Analysis: MLB makes another proposal; players expected to reject it
SAN DIEGO — The 2020 season will occur. Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said as much this week.How long it will be, when it will start and other parameters will likely become known within the next week, if for no other reason than time is running out to play what anyone considers an acceptable number of games.Under the latest proposal from Major League Baseball, the season would begin a little more than a month from now with no fans in most ballparks, consist of 72 regular-season games and have its expanded postseason wrap up before November.That is almost certainly not how it w...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Steve Hummer: A sporting event without fans is a day without sunshine
Having actually witnessed a sporting event devoid of fans in the stands — last weekend’s races at Atlanta Motor Speedway — I can report firsthand that it well and truly stinks.No sport, not even one that supplies its own mechanical roar, is meant to play out in an empty arena. What you have is the cream-filled doughnut without the donut. What that leaves you with is the sterile workplace of a surgical operating theater when what is required is the messy mania of Woodstock.Some pursuits are supposed to be conducted in studied silence, like taking the SAT and awkward first dates. Sports is meant...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
NASCAR returns to Homestead this weekend. And these select fans can be in attendance.
For the first time in three months, a live professional sporting event will take place in South Florida when NASCAR makes its way to Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend.What’s more: There will be a small number of fans in the grandstands, a first for any sporting event that has taken place since the ongoing coronavirus pandemic initially put sports at a standstill in mid-March.NASCAR announced Tuesday that up to 1,000 South Florida service members will be honorary guests for Sunday’s Dixie Vodka 400, the NASCAR Cup Series race and the final of four overall races at the racetrack this weekend...
Like normal times at AMS — Kevin Harvick wins Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500
The first major league sporting event held in Atlanta since the great coronavirus shutdown dealt in large part in the gripping drama of tire tread wear. Traffic in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on Sunday was for the most part spread out all over Atlanta Motor Speedway and minded its manners far more than it does on any other stretch of asphalt in this town.There would be no live audience; it’s still too early in the pandemic for that. But there would be a winner, which is a good first step: Kevin Harvick, the guy who so owns the bottom groove of this track he might as well build a condo on i...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mike Sielski: People were staying home from sports before the pandemic. What will happen once the games resume?
PHILADELPHIA — The last time an arena in Philadelphia was full for a pro sporting event was Tuesday, March 10, the night before everything stopped. The Flyers played the Boston Bruins at the Wells Fargo Center, and it is not an exaggeration to say that it was the Flyers’ most consequential regular-season game since their finale in 2010, when they beat the Rangers to earn a playoff berth, then went on to reach the Stanley Cup Final. Boston was the best team in the NHL, and the Flyers, after seven years of dull mediocrity, had won nine consecutive games and had an opportunity to test themselves ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer