'Must-Do' List

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Celebrate personalities: NASCAR's steep penalties for expressions of raw emotion run the risk of stifling drivers' personalities. Let 'em feud, to a point, and fans might be able to tell them apart.

Rethink TV times: The attempt to gain West Coast viewers by delaying the start of Sunday races to midafternoon disrupted established viewing patterns among core fans. It's time to end the experiment.

Rein in commercial interruptions: Fox and ESPN paid billions for NASCAR's broadcast rights and understandably want to recoup their investment. But there's got to be a way to limit the intrusion during critical moments.

Leave it to the competitors: Fans hate seeing NASCAR throw suspect caution flags that bunch up the action almost as much as they hate seeing races end under caution. Less is more when it comes to intervention by race officials.

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