Race Fans Forever
Why NASCAR Is Better Than Pro Football
Given the title of the article, I know that most of you reading this generally fit into one of two categories. You're either already an avid NASCAR fan and need no convincing that our sport is superior or you're a Pro Football fan and think I'm nuts just for saying that. Either way, I'll present some cold, hard facts so that we can finally demonstrate once and for all why NASCAR is better than Pro Football.
The primary reason NASCAR is a better sport is the fact that NASCAR treats the fans exponentially better. For evidence, look no further than the Pro Football stadium policies. First of all, all Pro Football stadiums have a no re entry policy (http://goarrowhead.com/security-protocol-permitted-items/). In other words, if you leave, the only way back in is to buy a new ticket. Could someone who is a Pro Football fan please tell me the point of this idiotic policy? Since you need a ticket to get in in the first place, shouldn't that same ticket let you back in? The barcodes on tickets are scanned at the gate anyway, so the whole security argument goes out the window.
While we're on the subject of stadium policies, it should be noted that coolers are banned at Pro Football stadiums along with outside food as well. NASCAR, on the other hand, allows soft-sided coolers that fit under the seat with the only prohibited item being glass bottles. When I went to races with my family growing up, I don't even remember buying concession stand food because we always brought ours in. Before any of you try to tell me how much safer Pro Football is because of their policies, save it. NASCAR has allowed fans to bring coolers in for as long as I can remember, and I'd like for someone to point out just one incident that's threatened the safety of the entire track because of this.
In terms of fan treatment, before races NASCAR offers fans things such as driver Q & A sessions, autograph sessions, pre-race concerts, pit passes, and a chance to walk on the track pre-race. Pro Football offers, well, a ticket and a seat. Heck, I don't even ask for autographs anymore because I have so many. Meanwhile, I have several friends who have been going to NFL games for years and have never gotten an autograph. I even have family who has gotten field passes for the Atlanta Falcons but not gotten autographs because the coach wouldn't allow the players to sign autographs before the game. After all, you don't want your VIPs getting their merchandise ruined by having players scribble their names on it now do you?
The other reason NASCAR is better than Pro Football is because unlike Pro Football players, NASCAR drivers generally behave themselves and act like role models. During the 2015 offseason, 23 Pro Football players have been arrested for various crimes including: animal cruelty, domestic violence, drug possession, and DUI (http://www.cheatsheet.com/sports/heres-every-nfl-player-who-has-been-arrested-since-the-super-bowl.html/?a=viewall). NASCAR, on the other hand, had zero. Yes, I know we were all treated to the Kurt Busch saga, but it should also be noted that he wasn't charged either, so when you're making a head-to-head comparison NASCAR still comes out on top.
For those Pro Football fans reading this, even if I haven't convinced you that NASCAR is better, I hope I have at least convinced you to give it a try. After all, you can't possibly be happy getting a TSA-like pat down and being forced to buy overpriced stadium food just to enjoy a game. If so, come to a NASCAR race and see what our sport is all about. You'll see that our fans and tracks are always welcoming and you'll wonder why you didn't try it sooner and you might just forget Pro Football for good.