What Will NASCAR Do If There is a Potential Clash between Daytona 500 and the Super Bowl in 2021?

November 14, 2020 3:30 pm

The COVID-19 situation has thrown up so many complications in the 2020 season. Obviously, this pandemic is not going away anytime soon. As a result, most sports have had to compromise, with the United States being one of the worst-affected. Owing to this, the NFL series could try to adjust its schedule, but how will NASCAR respond?

In light of this, NASCAR President Steve Phelps spoke about how he will deal with the situation. This is largely because there is a chance of a potential clash between the Super Bowl and the Daytona 500.

He said, “No, I will not say that. Right now we’re running on February 14th. That’s as much information as we have. Will we potentially scenario plan for a change? Perhaps. But I don’t foresee that. It’s just hard to say.”

Phelps acknowledged that the NFL is just trying to run its season. He even praised the sport for the way it is handling the football games and cooperating with the local authorities.

What can NASCAR do if the Daytona 500 clashes with the Super Bowl?

Obviously, Phelps cannot provide a definite answer to the current course of action. The Daytona 500 is set to kick off on February 14, and the NFL might host the Super Bowl on that date.

Nov 8, 2020; Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR drivers Joey Logano (22) and Brad Keselowski (2) lead the field at the green flag of the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Daytona 500 and the Super Bowl are two massive events, and television channels will be torn between airing either event. If they choose to air one event, the rating and revenue for the other will simply plummet. As a result, this leads to a massive conundrum for the United States.

Phelps insists that NASCAR will take appropriate action when the time comes. He hopes that the sport can work something out with FOX Sports, who normally broadcasts NASCAR races.

Truthfully speaking, the Super Bowl is more popular than the Daytona 500, so the chances are that it will get more air time.

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