Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was asked about potentially playing in empty stadiums this season that may have crowd noise pumped into them.
His response was utterly perfect.
Matt Ryan was asked about the possibility of playing in front of empty stadiums while pumping in crowd noise. “I’m not sure our organization should be talking about pumping in crowd noise.”— Jason Butt (@JasonHButt) June 9, 2020
The reason Ryan was asked the question in the first place, of course, is that the NFL may play games in empty stadiums this season. COVID-19 is still a big problem in the United States. In fact, 14 states have reportedly seen a significant uptick in new cases this week with their highest seven-day average of new coronavirus infections.
The NFL is still planning on playing games in front of fans this year. But the league is ready to evolve its plan if the coronavirus continues to spread.
We’ve seen Bundesliga pumping in fake crowd noise, and while the sound-board operators are top notch, it’s quite a weird experience.
Not surprisingly, the NFL is considering a similar plan if games must be played in empty stadiums this season.
“It’s pretty much a done deal,” Fox Sports broadcaster Joe Buck said recently during an interview with "Andy Cohen Live" on SiriusXM. “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.”
So, this time, if the Falcons do play in an artificially loud environment, it won’t be their fault.
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