An issue exists with NASCAR. Former Cup Series champions Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick have both been eliminated from the playoffs early due to factors that have more to do with bling than effort.
At the same time, TV viewership plummeted over the past weekend, and the sport is entering the second round of its playoffs as underdogs are defeating the supposed stars.
Seven of the last eight winners of the NASCAR Cup Series have either failed to qualify for the playoffs or lost in the opening round as the series moves to Texas Motor Speedway.
One of them is Kyle Busch, who has garnered more media attention than any other driver in 2022.
Bristol, a crucial elimination race, received poor TV ratings, and the battle is just getting stronger.
With two weeks left in the regular season, MLB still has eight postseason places up for grabs while both college and professional football are in full force.