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    FOX prepared to add virtual fans and crowd noise to NFL broadcasts

    By Dave Zangaro May 14, 2020 9:38 AM

    The NFL schedule was released earlier this month but we’re not guaranteed to have a 2020 season and we’re certainly not guaranteed to have fans in the stands if and when it does happen.

    So FOX is preparing for football games without fans in an unusual way.

    Lead play-by-play guy Joe Buck did an interview with Sirius XM’s Andy Cohen and said FOX is preparing to pump in crowd noise during its broadcasts and preparing to add virtual crowds to empty stadiums.

    It’s pretty much a done deal. I think whoever’s gonna be at that control is going to have to be very good at their job and be realistic with how a crowd would react depending on what just happened on the field. It’s really important. And then on top of that, they’re looking at putting virtual fans in the stands, so when you look at a wide shot, it looks like the stadium is jam-packed, and in fact, it’ll be empty.
    In the conversation, Cohen asked Buck if he thought the network would add crowd noise and Buck said he knows they’ll do it.

  • #2
    I like the idea of doing this. Watching games with no crowd noise or fans would be weird. That said, if they do it, it'll be interesting to see how it's managed. Does Fox control noise, or does the home team? How loud can it get? When can it be used? Are there cheers as well as boos? Yeah, it'll be interesting.


    • #3
      So, it will be like watching a Chargers home game?


      • #4
        As long as the players won't have to 'play' from home. (^_^)

        And security personnel, refs, photographers, concession stands, ball kids too.


        • #5
          One person reacting for 60,000 people? crazy


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