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NASCAR's France Wary Of "One Voice" From RTA, Calls New Coalition Unnecessary
Published July 22, 2014
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CHECK YOUR BLIND SPOT: Fox' Larry McReynolds cited sources as saying that the race teams that are part of the RTA "don't want a big increase" from the new TV contract, as they "just want a little bit of the piece of the pie." McReynolds: "They don't want to be greedy, they don't want to be overaggressive." Sirius XM Radio's Dave Moody noted MWR's Rob Kaufman, who is heading up the RTA indicated renegotiating the TV deal was not a goal of the RTA. Moody: "He said they preferred to go for, in his words, 'lower hanging fruit,' things that they can accomplish by themselves, without having to negotiate with NASCAR or with racetracks or anybody else" ("NASCAR Race Hub," FS1, 7/21). The AP's Jenna Fryer wrote if the RTA's goal is to "seize a larger share of the TV money, that's not a topic any members of the RTA are openly discussing." While it is "NASCAR's court and nobody has to play NASCAR's game," it is "the only game in town for high-performance, profitable racing, and being part of the show means playing by NASCAR's rules." NASCAR "seems to have gotten so big that it's lost sight of the plight of its primary 'stakeholders.'" When a sponsor pulls out, the "whole house of cards can come crashing down." Fryer: "So who can actually blame these owners for not resenting the NASCAR model just a little bit?" It is "unclear if altering the landscape to a franchise model is on RTA's ultimate agenda." The owners for now "insist it's about creating one voice to benefit every team -- and there's a need" (AP, 7/21).