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Friday, April 12, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - A U.S. senator from Connecticut has sent a letter to media mogul Rupert Murdoch asking that Fox network not broadcast Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup race sponsored by the National Rifle Association.
Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy wrote to the News Corp. chief that the race is taking place during Senate consideration of legislation to reduce gun violence in the wake of the elementary school shootings last December in Newtown, Conn. Murphy said the race will give national attention "to an organization that has been the face of one side of this heated debate."
Fox officials declined comment Thursday. The NRA 500 from Texas Motor Speedway will be broadcast as scheduled.
Murphy also questioned the Victory Lane tradition at Texas, where the winner gets a cowboy hat and can fire six-shooters loaded with blanks into the air.
"I think the fact that they're not loaded is a fairly safe thing," said Eddie Gossage, the president of Texas Motor Speedway.
Gossage has repeatedly said that the NRA's sponsorship is "not about politics. It's about sports marketing." He said he has received fewer than a dozen cards, letters or emails about the deal since it was announced last month.
NASCAR may take closer look at sponsorships
FORT WORTH, Texas - NASCAR might take a closer look at how it approves sponsors after the National Rifle Association became the title sponsor of this weekend's Sprint Cup race at Texas during a national debate over gun rights.
NASCAR spokesman David Higdon said NASCAR has no official position on gun rights.
"Our fans, racing teams and industry partners come from all walks of life and thus have varying points of views and opinions," Higdon said Friday. "As a sport, we are in the business of bringing people together for entertainment, not political debate."
Sponsorships are agreements directly between track and sponsor, but NASCAR reserves the right to approve or scuttle them.
"The NRA's sponsorship of the event at Texas Motor Speedway fit within existing parameters that NASCAR affords tracks in securing partnerships," Higdon said. "However, this situation has made it clear that we need to take a closer look at our approval process moving forward, as current circumstances need to be factored in when making decisions."
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