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ABC should be penalized for NASCAR stunt

I was very unhappy with ABC Sports on Sunday. With 34 laps remaining in the Checker Auto Parts 500, ABC cut away from the race only to show “America’s Funniest Home Videos” as originally scheduled. You just don’t do that ABC. Not during a sporting event and especially not when the outcome is still in doubt (which it always is in NASCAR until the checkered flag waves).

As it happens I was watching the race about 50 minutes behind real-time via my DVR. By the time the notification of the channel switch scrolled across my screen the race was already over in real time. Not only did I miss the ending, I could have missed the moment when the championship was clinched.

Would ABC switch channels for the fourth quarter of the SuperBowl? Of course not. They shouldn’t do it with Auto Racing either. This is your one warning Disney/ESPN/ABC Sports (and NASCAR to some extent for even allowing their broadcaster to do this). Pull this crap again and I’ll get my racing fix from somewhere else.