Pumping Fake Noise Into Live Sports Is The Worst Idea Since Fox Gave Us The Glowing Puck

Pumping Fake Noise Into Live Sports Is The Worst Idea Since Fox Gave Us the Glowing Puck

Imagine sitting down to watch a live sports event and you hear crowd noise when there is clearly no crowd in the stands. You’re going to immediately think this is strange, weird, and worst of all fake. Look sports are live, they happen in real-time with or without fans in the stands. Sports are not equivalent to a poorly written sitcom that requires a laugh track to try to hide a bad television experience.

Well, earlier this week Fox Sports Joe Buck made a bunch of headlines when he indicated that Fox Sports was planning on pumping fan noise into live sports events that don’t have fans in the stands.

It all started during an interview with Andy Cohen Live on SiriusXM, when Buck said the network might pump in crowd noise and project virtual fans in empty stadiums during their broadcasts.

“I think Fox and these networks have to put crowd noise under us to make it as normal a viewing experience at home,” Buck said. “I know they’ll do it.”

“It’s pretty much a done deal,” Buck said. “I think whoever is 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 it’s really important. 

“And then on top of that … They’re 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 it’ll be empty.”


Simply put, the idea of pumping fake fan noise into live broadcasts with no fans in the stands is an absolutely horrible idea. Hey Fox, these are real sporting events, not Madden 20.

Yes, the technology exists to be able to pull this off, but that doesn’t mean it should be used. I site the time when Fox introduced the glowing puck to Hockey fans back in 1995. Let’s just say the majority of fans hated it and in fact, it is widely regarded as one of the worst technology experiments in sports history. For more on the glowing puck, check out the 2012 Huffington Post article by Evan Winiker called it “the worst sports broadcasting innovation of our time.”

The bottom line is things are going to be strange enough watching cars drive around a race track with no fans in the stands, the last thing we need as sports fans is to be duped into thinking that their actual crowds making noise when it’s as clear as water is wet that there are no fans in the stands.

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