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Brian France has the unpopular role of politician in a major sport.
NASCAR's CEO and chairman, Brian France, isn't exactly one of the most well-liked guys in the NASCAR world. But, of course, that might be something of a given for people in a position of power in a major sport. Fans just automatically don't take too kindly to you.
That's not to say that France hasn't pulled off a few good tricks in his position. After taking his position within his grandfather's brainchild, he negotiated the title sponsorship deal with Sprint/NEXTEL following the departure of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in 2003.
Another brief yet bright point is that after the death of Dale Earnhardt in 2001, France helped to launch several safety measures within the sport, including the Car of Tomorrow (although that only lasted from 2007 to 2010).
Even so, many still view him in a negative light because he holds the role of politician in a major sporting organization. Whereas many speculate that the sport should focus more on racing, France's role requires him to make sure NASCAR can operate within a successful business model, which means changing a few things in order to make it more appealing to the fans and help the sport grow.
This has caused rumbles of dissent in the NASCAR community, as many feel that things like the points system have been changed more times than necessary.
When you're the man in charge, you're bound to have few admirers and some dissenters as well.
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