Racing fans and sports journalists are griping about how the Indianapolis 500 coverage was ruined yesterday by ABC Sports (and its cable network ESPN).
For reasons unknown, ABC Sports used a split-screen toward the end of the race, which showed a girlfriend and a wife of two drivers.
U.S. viewers watched the reactions of Ryan Hunter-Reay's wife and Helio Castroneves' girlfriend, but the international broadcast of the race did not include the women, noted Deadspin.com.
According to The Daily Gazette, ABC Sports finally went to a full screen during the final lap in which Ryan Hunter-Reay squeaked ahead of Helio Castroneves to win.
According to Deadspin.com, many race fans expressed their displeasure on Twitter:
That was piss poor coverage of great race by @ABCNetwork / @espn splitting the screen with the wife and girlfriend crap. #PissPoor #Indy500
I don't watch Indy 500 to see how driver's wife/girlfriend feels. Don't reduce my big screen to split screen for final 3 laps of tight race.
ABC sports; Where showing you the wife/girlfriend of the race winner is more important than showing the actual Indy 500.