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Published March 27, 2013
COMING OUT SWINGING: NBC Sports Network’s Dave Briggs noted Fox' overnight ratings for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Auto Club 400 were up 32% on Sunday and said, "Obviously not because of the racing, probably because of the fighting.” NBC Sports Net’s Michelle Beadle said of the improved ratings, “It’ll be interesting to see what they are when they come back after Easter.” Briggs noted Fox analyst Darrell Waltrip "might have the greatest idea for NASCAR." He said that fans "shouldn’t necessarily shun the fighting, you should actually embrace it and promote it.” Beadle: “I like the idea that they're embracing it. Controversy is never bad when you want your sport to be talked about, period” (“The Crossover,” NBCSN, 3/26).