ESPN Gets it wrong........AGAIN. Danica discussions are still ongoing, not decided
I was also the one who recently reported that she was requesting $300,000 per race for either the Nationwide OR the Camping World Truck Series. Yes, you read that right, per race.
The boys on SIRIUS were discussing this very rumor and stated that although she had been rumored to start as early as Phoenix in two weeks, her asking price had seriously derailed discussions. The winning money for Brad Keselowski was $80,338 in Memphis on October 24th and that money was to be spread around all of JR Motorsports team - that wasn't just Brad's take home. If tickets sell for $25 apiece, to increase the purse by $300,000 to pay Ms. Patrick's demanded salary, either the price per ticket would have to increase significantly, or a whole helluva lot more tickets would have to be sold.
I reported, that although JR Motorsports was rumored to be the favorite in talking to Danica, with her asking price, negotiations with the sponsors would have to take on a whole new theme.
ESPN, however, reported it as a done deal, or so close to done that they considered it done.
I wasn't sure, and wasn't ready to make that jump, especially given the asking price.
Now don't get me wrong, I was quick to report that there were serious discussions going on, especially when I say Jr talking about it to the media with my very own eyes. Given that his sister Kelley was doing the talking, I honestly thought that if there was something to be worked out, she would be the one to get it done.
Well, I was wr..wr....not exactly right in that, but I was right to wait on calling it a done deal. Dale Jr, after reading the "News Release" by ESPN, has come forward on his own to report that it isn't a done deal, and that the discussions are still "in the early stages". He also says there are a lot of teams in the mix and although he, Kasey Kahne and Carl Edwards are all of the opinion that Danica would be good for NASCAR, nothing has been decided.
And so the Danica watch continues.