The Charlotte Motor Speedway has added a new attraction to get fans in the seats this year: the world’s largest HD video screen. The screen is 200 feet wide and 80 feet tall, making it wider and taller than the White House. NASCAR hopes that the screen will create an experience that surpasses what fans get at home through television, the Internet and their phones, and therefore will attract more people to the Speedway.
Michael Waltrip’s 30 year NASCAR ride has been filled with victory and grief. On February 18th 2001 he won his first race on NASCAR’s top circuit, the Daytona 500, and his friend and mentor Dale Earnhardt died on the track. In his new book, In the Blink of an Eye, Waltrip recalls his memorable career and the experiences he had along the way.
When the NASCAR Hall of Fame opened in May it expected about 800,000 visitors in its first year. But projections now have dropped to about half that number and the hall is losing money. WFAE’s Scott Graf reports from Charlotte on why the attraction has fallen off the pace.
Bill speaks with Sports Illustrated’s Brant James about whether Denny Hamlin can hang onto his lead to win NASCAR’s Sprint Cup or if Jimmy Johnson can come back to win his fifth straight Cup title.
The Philadelphia Spectrum hosted Dr. J’s gravity-defying slam dunks for over a decade. Its address provided a Flyers team that won back-to-back Stanley Cups with one of the greatest nicknames in sports – “The Broad Street Bullies.” This week on Only A Game, Philly fans say goodbye to their beloved old arena. Plus, Karen Given reports on a new stadium in the heart of high school football country – Allen, Texas.
It’s time to stop all the talk about preseason rankings, training camp holdouts, and Brett Favre’s annual “retirement.” This week on Only A Game, we talk real NFL and college football. Plus, Karen Given looks the unusual partnership between NASCAR and BET, and Bill interviews the authors of a book that examines the Washington football team’s scandal-ridden 2000 season.
This week on Only A Game, Lance Armstrong may not be wearing his customary yellow jersey at this year’s Tour de France, but the race has still provided plenty of fireworks (and even some flying fists). Plus, Greg Echlin reports on Marion Jones’ comeback not on the track, but on the basketball court. Also, author Dave Zirin speaks about how George Steinbrenner changed the business of sports ownership, and Bill talks to Esquire writer Chris Jones about the man who figured out “The Price is Right.”
The national 11 are headed for South Africa. This week on Only A Game, a report from Team USA’s send off match just ahead of the World Cup tournament. Also, the sometimes weird and frequently wonderful history of the World Cup, and a preview of the Stanley Cup Finals.
This week on “Only a Game,” NASCAR’s gas men, jack men, and catch can men compete trackside in the pit crew challenge, Diego Maradona tries to hold it together for the World Cup, and Henry “The Hammer” Aaron gets a big, thick book.
The oxen of the autumnal equinox are back on the fields! This week on Only A Game, an NFL season preview. Also, recalling Staten Island high school football when Staten Island was still an island, a US Open update, and a bicycle race for donut lovers.