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Can Indy 500 eclipse Coca Cola 600 in ratings?

Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500, the pinnacle of American open-wheel racing—and yet a race that probably won’t post better ratings than NASCAR’s Coca Cola 600, which runs later the same day. NASCAR is king in the hearts of American race fans, with its Super Bowl of racing, the Daytona 500, posting higher ratings than the Indy 500 in each of the last 15 years.

Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Times-Dispatch notes that Daytona has more than doubled the Indy ratings in many of the years since 2000. Meanwhile Indy, which is run at midday, has bested the Coca Cola 600, which is run at night, only once in the last five years.

That came in 2009, when the Coke race was rained out and run the following afternoon.

Last year the Indy 500 posted a 3.6 national television rating, in comparison to a 7.7 for the Daytona 500 and a 4.0 for the Coca Cola 600. Each ratings point represents 1 percent of homes with a TV.

 

 

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Video: ESPN's Doris Burke 'Abandoned' by Mavs Players

ESPN reporter Doris Burke has had a rough week. First a production assistant did her wrong by inadvertently running a clip that had Burke flubbing her lines and cursing, and last night after the Mavericks closed out the Thunder to advance to the NBA Finals, Burke was left high and dry when she looked to interview Dirk Nowitski and Jason Kidd. Burke did get words from Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and head coach Rick Carlisle, but she may have dawdled too long on the suits (and yes, Cuban is a suit) and missed her chance to get face time with the people most responsible for the Mavs’ win: The players.

Here’s the clip of Burke calling around for Dallas players who’ve already left the area.

(H/T for video to Larry Brown Sports)

ESPN Fantasy Champ Has A Remarkable Story

Winning your average fantasy football league is normally challenging enough.

Try beating out 3.1 million competitors while not having a permanent residence or computer.

That’s what Nathan Harrington of Salem, Mass. was able to do, finishing first among prize-eligible fantasy football leagues this season on ESPN.com.

Harrington was down on his luck after a car accident prevented him from working and he was eventually forced to move from his apartment due to a rat infestation. Read more

Think Twice Before Selling Those Rose Bowl Tickets

The days of college newspapers covering student council meetings and publishing the crime log are long gone.

The Badger Herald, an independent student newspaper at the University of Wisconsin, published the names of the 33 students that were selling their Rose Bowl tickets on Facebook Marketplace, hours after purchasing them.

The Badgers were allotted 5,800 student tickets by the Rose Bowl and they sold out in 20 minutes.

How dare students make extra money during the holidays by selling tickets to a game they clearly have no interest in attending.
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