DR. JERRY PUNCH OUT OF ESPN BOOTH

ESPN and ABC’S NASCAR coverage will have a new lead voice.Per the network, Dr. Jerry Punch will move out of the booth and back to pit reporter. Marty Reid will join Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree on the Sprint Cup announcing team. Here’s the canned quote from the ESPN PR machine. "This group gives us the most versatile and comprehensive team in motorsports, and strengthens us in the booth," said Norby Williamson, ESPN's executive vice president for studio and event product ...

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AP vs. ESPN: Let the Games Begin

In the red corner, we have David Newton of ESPN, with a belated Valentine's Day love note to the much-beleaguered, always-maligned, Teresa Earnhardt. And over in the blue corner, we have the AP's Jenna Fryer, a scrappy brawler who lands some devastating counterpunches to Newton's thesis and Teresa's midsection.So which is it? Is Teresa, as Newton would have us believe, the unfortunate recipient of too much unjustified abuse for singlehandedly destroying the once-great ...

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Aric Almirola Has High Apple Pie in the Sky Hopes

In watching Nicole Manske (above) interview Aric Almirola about Earnhardt Ganassi Racing's decision to shut down the No. 8 team on ESPN's NASCAR Now, I was struck by one exchange in particular.Let's be clear: this is not an indictment of NASCAR or Aric Almirola but a general complaint about The Media. But, and with a nod to The Daly Planet, get a load of the following:Manske: What have you been told about the possibility that they'll find a sponsor down the road to get you back on th ...

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ESPN vs. FOX, May the Best Analyst Win!

One man's treasure is another man's trash: Larry McReynolds says Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Burton don't need to panic yet. David Newton begs to differ.  In the grand scheme of things, that you have public voices for two of NASCAR's broadcast TV partners saying completely different things probably isn't of any great consequence. But, well, for whatever reason, I thought this was funny:In the blue corner, you have FOX's Larry McReynolds who is here to tell you th ...

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