Great, Elliott Sadler and his attorney are gearing up for court, if things need to get that far.
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#61 Jan 6, 2009
This blog offers a little different perspective on the reason for all of the silence:
The drivers don't want to speak up because it could happen to them. The owners don't want to comment because they want to see how the contract holds up. If Elliott wins, this could change the way they hire and fire in the future. They won't be able to just drop a driver whenever they feel like it.
#62 Jan 6, 2009
(sorry if this is a double post)
From a business side, yes, I'd absolutely hire him. His wife has nothing to do with the product branding that he does for sponsors. Compared to Dale Earnhardt Jr.? No, sponsors like Best Buy didn't get as much face time as other cars. But Elliott had some great runs (Indy and Talladega spring to mind) and pulling moves like staying out under caution to get bonus points...etc. earned him a little extra exposure.
Each time a sponsor's logo is shown on t.v. or each time their product is mentioned - it translates into so much consumer value. So at Homestead all the sponsored cared about was a clear shot of the logos on his suit. They probably could care less if a monkey were wearing it, as long as it got that exposure and therefore that extra value.(Although they probably assume Elliott could sell it better than a monkey) Elliott had interviews before almost every race (on Speed...etc.) and he was also able to tie in his sponsorships into Trackside via logos on his shirt (on most shows). That adds up, and if you look at the rotation of sponsors on Elliott's plate - each individual sponsor didn't spend as much money as other sponsors that work with teams for the entire season(like Jimmie Johnson's relationship with Lowe's...etc.). Best Buy for example sponsored some races independently, but then tied in third party sponsors such as Garmin and the people who released the U2 thing. Elliott is smart when the U2 car wasn't getting exposure he took advantage of the rain delay in California and sold the U2 movie during an interview, just by mentioning and talking about it.
Elliott is a sponsor's dream, and the fact that he still pulled in some high profile sponsors speaks volumes. Reed's finishes were barely mediocre, and even though A.J. only raced in 27 races last year, and even with his decent finishes the last 5 for GEM, Elliott's average finish was still better (if only by one point).
Elliott's season was terrible - we all know this but he pulled in 2 top five's and 6 top ten's vs. AJ's 2 top 10's and zero top 5's. And we saw some of Elliott's best runs fly out the window with bad luck - via flat tires...etc that were beyond his control.
I don't doubt that George Gillett is a smart business man, he is after all a billionaire. However he buys into sports franchises and ruins what fans love about them. I know this sounds backwards - because you don't invest that much money into something without taking it as a serious business venture, but he seems to forget the loyalty and the passion of the NASCAR fans. Sponsors keep cars on the track, but consumers and fans are what keep sponsors spending, not to mention the money fans spend on merchandise and all that. Look at his problems with his Liverpool football team...etc. Soccer/Football's fan loyalty is probably the only sport that rivals NASCAR (internationally). It's like he buys these teams as a hobby, and I question the direct involvment he actually has. I'm sure he has plenty of people pulling the strings for him and he probably sits back and enjoys the show. We'll see what happens, but it'd be a conflict of interest for Elliott to get back into a GEM car. I hope he's working on securing a ride with someone else while sueing the pants of Gillett!
#63 Jan 6, 2009
I totally get what you, and others, have said. I guess I just don't understand this. It seems so simple to me, you have a contract, if one side wants out they BOTH must come to a mutual agreement. If it doesn't work that way then why even have a contract? I'm really pissed,thats all I can say. I'm looking for some explanation that makes sense. I understand he maybe isn't the best choice from some business perspectives...HOWEVER, I don't see how Almondlicker, or whatever his name is, could possibly bring in more sponsor money than Elliott and from a business perspective I would think thats a pretty big deal. They don't even have full sponsorship for the season for Sorenson and then they do this. It just doesn't make sense and it makes me feel like something hasn't been said and there are more surprises down the road. Maybe I'm cynical but something ain't right here.
“Kyle get it together! ”
Since: Oct 08
#64 Jan 6, 2009
I believe it is allmendinger but I like Almondlicker better
#65 Jan 6, 2009
#66 Jan 6, 2009
I understand E fans are upset. But what if E was making demands they could meet or refusing to do things they were asking, whether it was GEM or sponsors.
#67 Jan 6, 2009
SORRY! If you look at the last column there is a clipped labeled Big 3: Sadler sidelined
you just have to click on that clip
#69 Jan 11, 2009
Elliott is a joke
#70 Jan 11, 2009
..."...not funny haha...funny queer"!
(Sling Blade anyone?!...)
Just kidding Elliott!***WINK***
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