The Premier League is gearing up to play that other football again in June but with some new twists for the fan experience.
According to the Daily Mail, Sky Sports will provide fans the option of hearing fake crowd noise or complete silence while watching in the comfort of their own homes:
Sky Sports have broadcast numerous matches in near silence due to the absence of fans in recent years. They include England’s 0-0 draw in Croatia in the UEFA Nations League in October 2018, as well as numerous Champions League ties.
That approach is expected to remain their default offering should the Government give the Premier League the green light for football to resume in June.
However, in an attempt to keep as big an audience as possible engaged, broadcasters are likely to provide crowd noise on a separate channel. [Daily Mail]
So, let’s raise the question: if college football is played without fans, would you go for the oddities of complete silence or would you like to hear fake fans (or even audio of live fans) pumped over the broadcast like the chirping birds at Augusta?
What if I told you you could watch the game at a drive-up viewing party? Because they’re considering that too.
They’re even kicking around (I can’t help myself) the idea of cardboard cutouts of fans in the stands:
Hopefully it won’t come to this in the States with our beloved college basketball and football later this year, but if it does, get ready for some bizarre innovation for the fan experience.