DAYTONA, Fl. – FOX is not shy to admit that they’re going through some changes. Some of these changes are influenced by Disney. Some of them are random, maybe necessary.
One change that nobody likes is their political direction. In that regard, FOX is all fouled up.
In perhaps one of the stupidest television marketing and content blunders in observable history, FOX Sports censored the inclusion of President Donald Trump’s Pre-Race address, “Start Your Engines” Command and unprecedented Grand Marshal Lap at the 2020 Daytona 500; the 62nd running of the event.
FOX is a significant historically conservative station, and this blunder could not have hurt the station any more than it did. In fact, The damage to FOX by failing to include President Trump aches to the tune of nearly 23 million dollars lost to competitors searching the channels for more fair coverage of Trump’s inclusion.
By far, NASCAR has the largest sporting population that could be considered politically conservative or who considers themselves to be Trump fans directly. Most of the NASCAR demographic lives a very rural or sub-rural lifestyle and without confirming any prejudices, the stereotype NASCAR fan is oddly the accurate NASCAR fan.
As FOX backed away from the coverage of President Trump at the event, they left Sportscasters Darrel Waltrip, Jeff Gordon and Adam Alexander awkwardly panning for content to talk about despite knowing that they were overshadowing the event taking place at the venue just a few hundred yards away.
As Trump’s words were barely recognizable through the sportscaster’s audio feed, the awkward trio talked about the upcoming race lacking vigor or substance, realizing the mistake made by their network.