US Television Adds Reactionary Crowd Noise To Coverage Of Mainz vs RB Leipzig
Football fans in America are being treated to crowd noise during Bundesliga matches, with the sound engineer even matching up the action to the correct sound the crowd would be making.
Football came back to the German top tier last weekend to mixed reactions. Some though football just wasn't the same without fans and others were glad to see the action back whatever.
There's no doubt things were a little different but on American television they tried to make things a little bit closer to 'normal' with crowd noise during RB Leipzig's trip to Mainz.
When Joe Buck said that NFL would pipe in sound, fans reacted negatively.
Here's a Bundesliga today with piped in sound. Feel differently? pic.twitter.com/eL0ksXbQ4V
- Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) May 24, 2020
So, players in Mainz v Leipzig cannot hear the crowd noise in the stadium. But TV audience here in the USA can. hear the crowd noise. Sound engineer has the choice on when to play certain cheers, chants or boos. This is fascinating. https://t.co/c1WiVl8Ns7
- Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) May 24, 2020
BT Sport in the UK have decided against playing crowd music during the matches so far, which suggests the same would happen when the Premier League returns, and fans have been able to clearly hear players and coaches shouting.
As well as the pumped crowd noises, certain clubs have been trying to 'dress' the seats in the stands to make things look a bit more normal.
At Werder Bremen on Saturday the seats were filled with cardboard cutouts, with fans able to pay to have their picture printed on the cutouts.
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Mainz had a big banner across their big stand, that faced the main camera, so the empty seats were covered and it looked better on television.
However even if it looked better around the pitch things weren't good for Jurgen Klopp's team on the pitch. Leipzig, who are still battling for their first Bundesliga title, were far too good for the hosts.
Goals from Timo Werner, Yussuf Poulsen and Marcel Sabitzer put Julian Nagelsmann's side 3-0 up before half-time and Werner added his second just three minutes after the restat to make it 4-0 and the striker, who has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool, rounded off his hat-trick in the 76th minute.
Dressing the stands hasn't always worked out well for clubs in the current situation, and FC Seoul in South Korea learnt that the hard way.
The club got in a lot of trouble for posting mannequins around the stadium after fans on social media pointed out they looked like sex dolls and were advertising adult content streamers, leading to the club being forced to apologise.
What do you make of crowd noise being played? Let us know in the comments.