Many NFL teams have already announced plans to limit fan capacity at home games this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some teams won’t be letting fans in at all, either — at least at the beginning.
While that will undoubtedly provide for a unique viewing experience for fans at home, the league is reportedly considering allowing teams to pump in simulated crowd noise at the stadiums — something that other professional leagues around the world have done during the pandemic.
Though he hasn’t heard anything official, that idea makes Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Chan Gailey nervous.
“Is that what’s going to happen and then who controls the volume on that,” Gailey said Thursday, via the Palm Beach Post. “If you get a homer that slips that volume a little louder on third down, I’m not sure I’m for that a lot.”
‘Who’s going to control that?’
Gailey makes a pretty good point, though one that may not have an answer.
The NFL is still working on its plans to hold a season safely amid the pandemic, and fan noise at a stadium likely isn’t at the top of that list.
Fake noise during an NFL game isn’t unheard of, either. The Atlanta Falcons were actually busted in 2014 for pumping fake noise in during home games — fans were present — and lost a draft pick because of it.
Until a plan is in place, Gailey said they’ll simply have to prepare for everything.
“You have to have that silent count ready to go if they start doing that, so we’ll get that going to make sure we cover all our bases before it’s over with,” Gailey said, via the Palm Beach Post. “Who’s going to control that? That’s the key to me.”
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