This is from an affidavit by Steve O’Donnell, NA$CAR’s Vice President for Racing Operations, that was filed on June 25, 2009. Please note Paragraph 5. I know I’ve stated this before in various articles but now I wanted to prove it once and for all to any doubters that might remain. I underlined the key phrase in paragraph 5.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
Case No. XXXX-XX-XXXXX-XXX
AFFIDAVIT OF STEVE O'DONNELL
I, Steve O'Donnell, being first duly sworn, depose and state as follows:
1. I am a Florida resident, over the age of eighteen, under no disability and competent to testify to the facts set forth herein. I am authorized to give this affidavit on behalf of National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (''NASCAR").
2. I am fully familiar with the facts stated in this affidavit, and where opinions are expressed, I am competent to state such opinions based on my training, knowledge, experience and expertise. If sworn as a witness, I am competent to testify to the contents of this affidavit.
3. I am Vice President of Racing Operations for NASCAR.
4. NASCAR was organized in 1948 as a sanctioning body by Brian France's grandfather, "Big Bill," to establish a common set of rules for stock car races, and to ensure that prize money was actually given to drivers and teams rather than squandered by race promoters. For nearly sixty years NASCAR has grown its organization through business acumen, foresight, and sacrifice. Today, with an estimated 75 million fans, NASCAR is the second most watched sport on television, and sanctions seventeen of the twenty highest attended sporting events in the United States. Since 1948, NASCAR has supplemented its rules and policies to account for the safety of all its participants.
5. NASCAR has taken particular care to ensure that spectators at NASCAR events are provided with family-friendly sports entertainment that is both exciting and safe.
As you can see, there are several things whose truth is definitely questionable starting in paragraph 4 with the 75 million fans. That one really jumps out. If there are 75 million fans, how come there’s never been a viewing audience higher than 38 million in the last 10 years? Why are souvenir sales down the toilet? Why are there so many empty seats in the grandstands? Also that “NASCAR has grown its organization through business acumen, foresight, and sacrifice”. If the business acumen and foresight were true, how come the grandstands are so empty, ratings down so far, and so many teams have closed their doors since 2003? Why have so many sponsors left the “sport”? Why have the networks and at least one major sponsor looked at ways to get out of their contracts?
And as to sacrifice, we know NA$CAR hasn’t made many sacrifices. The fans have made sacrifices in terms of time, money, vacations, travel, and seeing the history being re-written, revised, and made PC and historic tracks which provided thrilling racing for generations shut down. Fans have sacrificed their dignity by being lied to and having their intelligence insulted by NA$CAR, its leadership, and the NA$CAR controlled media. As to being safe for the fans, just ask the fans at Talladega who were injured just how safe NA$CAR is. And if the races are so “exciting, why are so many fans complaining about how boring the races are?
About the only sacrifices being made by NA$CAR is having to drink well-brand instead of brand name “sodas”.
Here’s how the WWE is defined:
World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc.
(NYSE: WWE) is a publicly traded, privately controlled sports entertainment company dealing primarily in professional wrestling, with major revenue sources also coming from film, music, product licensing, and direct product sales.
The WWE is a sports entertainment company. NA$CAR provides family oriented sports entertainment. Hello? No wonder there are so many conspiracy theories abounding as to races being fixed, why only certain drivers can win, and why Ms Terry DeBris cautions come out to “assist” certain drivers in keeping from getting lapped, give them a lap back, or to keep them in the lead, or to give them a win.
In the article I wrote regarding the Exclusivity, it referred to Section 13 in regards to category in the Telecommunications, Tire, and Fuel Categories. Below is Section 13.
13. DEFINITION OF “CATEGORY”. For purposes of this Agreement, “Category” refers, collectively, to the Telecommunications Category, Fuel Category, and Tire Category defined below.
(b) “Fuel Category” means combustion-based fuel and fuel blends for automotive vehicles including hydrocarbon-based, diesel, bio-diesel, ethanol, or alternative fuels and fuel blends.
( c) “Tire Category” means tires for vehicles including, but not limited to, passenger cars, vans, sport utility vehicles (SUV’s), light trucks, commercial trucks, trailers, motorcycles, aircraft, mopeds, scooters, and recreational vehicles (RV’s), including racing tires for any such vehicles listed herein.