August 20, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 6 comments

With no fans in the stadium, you can hear a much fuller rendition of the heart rending sounds that are emitted when players like Neymar and DiMaria take a dive.

posted by beaverboard at 11:23 AM on August 20, 2020

Speaking of "fans" in the stands, I didn't have a chance to check out the Howard during Boston's game. Did anyone else see him?

posted by NoMich at 01:02 PM on August 20, 2020

heart rending sounds that are emitted when players like Neymar and DiMaria take a dive.

Are you watching someplace other than CBS? CBS had the artificial fan noise, which I find distracting at times.

posted by prof at 01:07 PM on August 20, 2020

Did anyone else see him?

If you saw me, it would have been a very unlikely event. They split the groups into 'sections', and our section was next to the Philadelphia beach. The only time it was visible was when Celtics were shooting free throws in the 1st half and they were using the low sideline camera shot. The other thing was that they had more fans than virtual seats, so they rotated us in and out by quarters. It was a fun experience because most of us unmuted our audio, and we could exchange comments and cheer loudly. At one point I complained that my virtual seat was too far from the virtual beer stand. We were also watching the TNT network feed. That meant that we were 4 or 5 seconds ahead of the TV, and we didn't have to watch commercials.

posted by Howard_T at 03:21 PM on August 20, 2020

Are you watching someplace other than CBS?

I've been watching compilation clips not the actual broadcast, so I'm not always sure what the origin of the footage is. Even with the crowd sounds you can still hear the screams.

It's sort of like watching NBA games in the early 80's when fans were less boisterous and they didn't have bone crushing "in-game entertainment" sound constantly pulsing through the arena. You could hear what was happening on the court. When Magic drove the lane in traffic for a layup, he would start his scream before his second step hit the floor or anyone had touched him.

posted by beaverboard at 04:18 PM on August 20, 2020

For Champions League, is the TV broadcast adding the audio or is that being piped into the stadium itself? Not sure if it's like this at all baseball stadiums, but I was outside Wrigley the other day and they've definitely got the organ and walk-up music and cheering being piped through the PA system in the park.

posted by holden at 02:45 PM on August 21, 2020

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