NASCAR coverage moves to ESPN with today's race at Indy. Unfortunately, with that move comes Brent Musburger acting as the telecast "host."
I guess you could say we're not Musburger fans. My husband and I are old enough to remember Musburger doing the Southern California news on KNXT (now KCBS) in the '70s, so this is a long-held opinion. His sports work hasn't upped our opinion in the intervening decades.
From the Deseret Morning News: "Brent Musburger will be the lead voice of NASCAR on the ESPN networks, and he's up-front about his relative lack of expertise. 'I'm not an expert on automobile racing... However, the one thing that NASCAR has always had ... and that I love the best of all are the stories that come out of it -- the human drama, if you will, and the personalities.'
"That's got to sound a little bit scary to NASCAR fans... If he's going to concentrate on personalities rather than the actual event he's supposed to be covering, well, that's going to tick a few people off."
That sounds scarily like network broadcasts of the Olympics the last few years, dramatizing them as soap opera miniseries instead of actually showing more than a few minutes at a time of sports coverage.
At least there's Rusty Wallace providing color commentary.
No one can touch Fox Sports' coverage of NASCAR...I wish they did it year round.