Skip to comments.Fox’s NFL Telecasts Might Add Crowd Noises, Put ‘Virtual’ Fans in Stands
Posted on 05/14/2020 9:03:40 AM PDT by EdnaMode
Stadiums may be empty when/if football starts its season this fall, but some games probably wont look or sound that way.
Fox is exploring ways to fill the empty National Football League venues with digitally-added fans and crowd noises, Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck said during an interview on Andy Cohens SiriusXM radio show.
I think Fox and these networks have to put crowd noise under us to make it a normal viewing experience at home, USA Today reports Buck said, adding that the audio component was pretty much a done deal.
He added: I think whoevers going to be at that control is going to have to be really good at their job and be realistic with how a crowd would react depending on what just happened on the field, so its really important.
But having crowd noises without a crowd would be seriously weird, so Fox also is looking at ways to put virtual fans in the stands, so when you see a wide shot, it looks like the stadium is jam-packed. And in fact, itll be empty due to measures instituted to slow the spread of coronavirus, Buck said.
In addition to its Thursday Night Football match-ups (which start Oct. 8 ), FOX Sports NFL Sunday schedule includes at least 98 regular-season games. Fox Sports NFL slate is scheduled to kick off with a Tampa Bay Buccaneers/New Orleans Saints match-up on Sunday, Sept. 13. (Earlier this month, the NFL released its (optimistic) 256-game schedule, which kicks off in early September.)
A recent Sports Business Journal article examined why networks would want to fill the stands with pixels if they cant do so with fans. When you see events that dont have fans, you really understand what is missing, said Jon Slusser, owner and partner of The Famous Group, a technology firm that deals with fan experiences.
Slusser said that his firm was in talks with nearly every major sports league and TV network: Its an incredible realization of how important fans and that energy are to live events, and what makes live events special and gives it the energy, gravity, importance and life.
Pro sportsnow with enhanced fakery!
LOL. Communications from the NY Giants anticipate we’ll be in the stadium in September. We’ll see.
The season is 4 months away and we are STILL planning on being locked down?
For the crowd noise, why not just have 10,000 people watching the game on zoom (or some other streaming app) and have their microphones turned on?
Fox Sports should create an app that allows fans at home to curse and yell into their phone ....which then gets broadcast into the stadium :o)
Like a LAUGH TRACK?? OMG>
If they are gong to use virtual fans, I think the fans should all be famous people. Cleopatra, Napoleon, Fred Flintstone, etc. Id tune in just to see that.
NFL Films lost about 70% of their staff and the Network had a similar bloodbath.
Hate those, unwatchable.
Lame. But hey, maybe teams like the Chargers can use this technology to make their stadiums appear full on a permanent basis.
Will the virtual fans be wearing virtual masks?
Hope it drives people away. NFL is woke trash these days.
It’s all about the Election. Nothing else.
Time’s 2020 Person of the Year: The NPC.
A play on the term “non—player character” from various forms of interactive gaming (particularly RPGs).
Someone using no critical thought or reasoning skills.
Simply regurgitating a set of arguments and non-sequiturs bequeathed to them by someone else.
And will the fake fans in Philly boo everything?
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