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Premier League is kicking around some wild ideas for sports (I nailed that ‘kicking’ pun too)

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.


Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

4 Comments for Premier League is kicking around some wild ideas for sports (I nailed that ‘kicking’ pun too)

  1. Dustin Rumbaugh
    10:42 am April 30, 2020 Permalink

    There was a caller that had what I thought was a really good idea but I don’t think you guys quite understood what he meant (I think you did Drew but I think it wasn’t understood by Matt and Ryan)…..pumping in fan noise from home. So basically his idea was that you could buy a virtual ticket which would give you a log in to an app and then you could yell into your phone and all the different fans’ noise would be put together and pumped through the speakers at the field. I think that’s a good idea because (a) you get to sell some form of tickets, (b) the fans get some form of interaction with the play on the field and (c) we don’t have to watch games with zero crowd noise (even though I think it would be kinda cool to be able to hear the crack of the bat or the popping of pads). Call the Seahawks because they’ve had this technology for years.

    • lexattorney
      11:04 am April 30, 2020 Permalink

      This is a good idea in theory but the major sports would never go for it because there is no way to stop fans from buying one virtual ticket and then having a huge crowd in their homes to participate.

  2. bigblue98
    10:53 am April 30, 2020 Permalink

    Would love to hear some of the players and coaches mic’d up. Could you imagine in football listening to someone like Mike Leach? I might pay money even to hear that from home.

  3. lexattorney
    11:03 am April 30, 2020 Permalink

    Drew, the “other football” IS actual football. American football, while I enjoy watching the college version, is nothing more than the product of soccer taking rugby out for a nice dinner, knocking her up, and never calling back.