Fox Sports is superimposing virtual fans into the vacant seats at ballparks during its TV broadcasts this season. Fans got a look at the technology during Saturday's Cubs-Brewers broadcast, sharing mixed emotions on social media.
First, a look at what a broadcast looks like with the virtual fans in place:
Here's a look at the virtual fans Fox is using for the Cubs-Brewers game at Wrigley Field.— Front Office Sports (@frntofficesport) July 25, 2020
The network will be able to alter the crowd, including thinning it out during late-game blowouts.
(🎥: @awfulannouncing) pic.twitter.com/jvN6t1yDiq
And now, here's how some fans reacted:
Please don't ever do the virtual fans again Fox— Adam Jacobi (@Adam_J_Tweets) July 25, 2020
Virtual fans are fine. TV networks being innovative right now is fine. Teams being creative right now is fine.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) July 25, 2020
Sports are back. Be OK with it. Be happy with it.
I think the virtual fans in the stands looks awesome. I wish you would see more of it in the background though— Frankie (@Fzino) July 25, 2020
okay the audio sounds sick and the virtual fans in the OF aren't terrible. improvements https://t.co/a2N4aSK8le— alex⚡️ (@alexriveraa24) July 25, 2020
The technology serves to create a sense of normalcy in the unique 2020 season. It was used sporadically in Saturday's game.
Twitter reacts to virtual Cubs, Brewers fans superimposed on TV originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago