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Marty Reid, After 31 Years With ESPN, Fired For Calling A NASCAR Race One Lap Early

marty reid nationwideWe don’t watch NASCAR all that much (though we appreciate our motorsports-loving readers very much and feel their pain, sort of, occasionally), so calling a race one lap early seems like a very easy mistake to make. These guys do drive in circles hundreds of times, after all. And if you’ve been doing NASCAR announcing for 30+ years, you’d think you could get a little leeway for this type of gaffe.

Well, either this was a long time coming or the higher-ups at ESPN are even less compassionate than we thought: Reid was let go after declaring a Nationwide race early for Ryan Blaney last week, even though Blaney would go on to, in fact, win the race a minute later:

Now, Reid has a history of making mistakes, but if I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard an NFL or MLB announcer screw up, I’d have a shit load of nickels. Firing Reid mid-season sounds like the knee-jerk reaction, rather than the calm, measured thought processes that motorsports fans are so famous for.

[Huff Po Sports]

  • http://bleacherreport.com/users/535519-nick-p nick price

    Thank god Marty Reid is done announcing GREAT MOVE ESPN!

  • Michael

    There has to be to this than he called a race 1 lap early….

  • John Janecek

    This is starting to make sense… ESPN fires Marty Reid… ESPN loses NASCAR after the 2014 season… ESPN tries to get NASCAR’s approval to transfer the final season on their contract to FOX / NBC… NASCAR says “No way” ESPN must fulfill the final year of the contract… Looks like a pure cost saving move with ESPN slashing anyway possible… Watch for more ‘Pink Slips” issued by the ‘Leader In Sports Broadcasting’. Who will be the next to leave early?

  • howkensea

    Oh yeah…ESPN was just WAITING for an excuse to get rid of his salary! Real classy move, but what else would we expect from a low-class to no-class outfit?

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