On Monday it was announced that Sprint is being offered $25.5 billion to be bought out by Dish Network. Sprint has been the title sponsor of NASCAR since 2004.
Sprint was planning to merge with SoftBank Corporation which is located in Japan but, is now considering an offer from Dish Network that is worth $25.5 billion dollars. If the deal is accepted then the title sponsor for NASCAR’s main series could possibly change. How does the NASCAR Dish Network Cup Series sound? Sound pretty dumb to me but then again a lot of fans were against the “sprint” name at first because they are actual “sprint cars” but eventually the name caught on.
Dish Network is not unfamiliar with the NASCAR world at all either. It sponsored Roush Racing a few years ago in both the Nationwide and the Sprint Cup Series. The only major difference that will probably happen is that all of the yellow signs will turn to red and white. Haven’t we seen that somewhere before? How about the old Winston Cup Series, their colors were red and white. That really does not have any affect on the racing itself though and therefore is not a big deal. Also, the yellow walls might return to white at Charlotte which honestly wouldn’t be a bad idea.
If Sprint decides to accept the offer from Dish I believe the only difference we would see are a change in colors. The name would take some time to get used to and most fans probably would never get used to it but we would have to accept it.