The coronavirus pandemic has drastically altered the landscape of sports across the globe, for obvious reasons. With large gatherings being prohibited, sports leagues have been experimenting with ways that allow the games to maintain an authentic feel.
Insert artificial crowd noise.
ESPN Insider Adam Schefter reported Wednesday afternoon that the NFL is "considering a league-wide policy that would enable fan sound to be heard in stadiums."
Artificial crowd noise, amongst other digital techniques, have already been utilized by the MLB, NBA, and even the MLS.
The MLB incorporated crowd noise from the hit video game MLB The Show. The NBA pulled from hit video game NBA 2K. And the MLS through avenues not specifically reported just yet.
The funny, yet unfortunate reality of the NFL possibly joining this wave of piped-in crowd noise is that the Atlanta Falcons were disciplined for using this method, pre-COVID, back in 2016 -- they were fined $350,000.
The NFL rules state that "at no point during the game can artificial crowd noise or amplified crowd noise be played in the stadium."
Even future Hall-of-Famer Aaron Rodgers took a dig at the Falcons franchise back when they were busted for fake crowd noise.
"It's really loud in there. Whether that's all natural or not is yet to be seen," Rodgers said via the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Social media forgets nothing, ever.
While this decision hasn't been made official, it seems as though the NFL is set to face the reality of live sports in 2020.
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Report: NFL considering policy to pump crowd noise into stadiums originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington