NASCAR, the latest target of a Federal Communications Commission investigation after a complaint by the Parents Television Council, said last week that fining NBC affiliates over a recent on-air obscenity would be overkill.
NASCAR already has punished driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., who uttered the S-word during coverage of an Oct. 3 racing event, with a $10,000 fine and the loss of enough championship points to knock the stock car racing star out of first place in the Nextel Cup standings.
The watchdog PTC has asked the FCC to fine all NBC affiliates that aired the obscenity.
“NASCAR dealt swiftly and forcefully with the comment and believes the issue is now behind us,” said Ramsey Poston, a NASCAR spokesman.
In a statement last week, NASCAR announced that its racing commission had denied Mr. Earnhardt’s appeal of the penalties. In the wake of the live broadcast, NBC announced that future NASCAR coverage will be subject to a five-second delay.
If the FCC fined all of NBC’s more than 200 affiliates the maximum, the total levy would exceed $6.5 million.