Right at this moment, your correspondent is sitting in an apartment in San Francisco watching the 49ers creep towards an unexpected second-consecutive win on the trot. Consequently, I'm apparently a very small part of the reason why we're all mired in a five-month IndyCar hiatus.
At least, that's the logic that helped dictate the ultra-compressed 2014 IndyCar season; a format that will be carried on in 2015. Next year's schedule has the same number of race weekends (15), slightly fewer actual races (16 instead of 18; a by-product of the number of double-headers dropping from three to one), and almost exactly the same span across the calendar. The entire season will be contested in just 154 days, one more than this year.
And a big part of the reason for that is IndyCar's belief, championed first by a Boston Consulting Group report a couple of years ago and maintained by IndyCar parent company Hulman & Co's CEO Mark Miles, that it needs to avoid overlapping with the National Football League season at all costs.