Many people have been affected by the pandemic, but for those who use the internet, social media, and games mostly, life has changed quite a bit. The world of sports, and particularly NASCAR, pivoted on a dime as the season started and has not looked back since. Fans can now follow their favorite drivers and teams from the comfort of their homes, tuning in to watch races online or on mobile devices, and social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook have become absolute gold mines for content as people have turned to those platforms to keep up with and share their passion for motorsports.
It is only natural that NASCAR and other forms of motorsports would be affected by this — and it has been massive. Even the smallest racetracks are doing quite well financially, but it is largely thanks to the online fans, those who cannot make it to a race but want to feel like they are a part of it, and the people who work in the industry who have kept their jobs. Fans can now follow their teams and drivers via live-streaming platforms like YouTube and Twitch, helping to keep them engaged with the sport and letting them follow races as they happen.
The Challenges Ahead
If you are a sports fan who also happens to be a gamer, then you might be experiencing a challenge right now. One of the first areas to feel the effects of the pandemic was the game industry, with many high-profile publishers closing down their studios and delaying or canceling release of their next games. This has had a massive impact on the games industry, not just because of the direct effects of the pandemic but because so many people, both players and nonplayers, stayed home and became massively engrossed in the world of sports online. This resulted in many people, myself included, missing out on multiple games in a row — something we never used to experience.
It is no secret that the gaming community was quite vocal about their dissatisfaction with the situation, and many called for boycotts or for game developers to be compensated for the lost revenue. I am sure this will eventually happen, but for the time being, the industry is still struggling to figure out how to make up for the massive decline in sales they experienced during the height of the pandemic.
Deleting Your NASCAR Account
For those of you who used to follow NASCAR but now miss out on viewing races live due to the pandemic, here is a suggestion. Why not try deleting your online account that you have for the sport? It is quite easy to do, and you will not miss out on a thing. There is no penalty for leaving race tracks without paying your entry fee — it is totally legal to do so and does not impact your ability to follow the sport or see races that you are interested in.
You can contact the speedway directly to ask them to delete your account. Just make sure you are prepared to lose all your data, because as a matter of policy, they will not provide you with a refund. Once you have been deleted, you will no longer be able to access your account even if you try to re-enter it. This would mean that even if you try to go back and play the game you were interested in, you will not be able to do so because the account has been deleted. I know this might be a pain, but sometimes losing a little data, especially when you are talking about a game you have not played in a long time, is a small price to pay for not having to deal with spammy friends lists and nonsensical posts when you log onto social media sites.