Rehab for B.A.E.R>?I was busting my butt getting my truck ready for this race and so excited! I now can’t go due to emergency work the Caldor fire created. The only reason I’m bummed and don’t even care to run in 2022 is that this year would be the 40 year anniversary of my truck running that race. Guess I’ll save the cash and race locally
Some professional sports.Putting aside whether or not this decision makes sense for the Mint 400 or off-road racing more generally, if you compare this to other professional sporting events, what the Martelli's said to Fish is the normal way things are done.
For example, the NFL does not let ABC and Fox just broadcast their events for free. The networks have to pay ridiculous money to the NFL to get the right to broadcast the game. All professional sporting events work this way. It's how the sanctioning body makes money, and its how the sanctioning body kicks money back to the teams.
Now, again, off-road racing is different because the pool of money is so small. And the Martelli's are not sharing any of the "TV proceeds" with the teams.
But what they are demanding - that Fish pay to have the right to broadcast - is the standard business model for professional sports.