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Will NFL Games Have Virtual Fans And Fake Crowd Noise?

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By Clark Sparky

FOX announcer Joe Buck made some waves this week when he was talking about what NFL broadcasts might look like if the league comes back amid the coronavirus pandemic. He was a guest on the Sirius XM show "Andy Cohen Live," and said it is "pretty much a done deal" that their will be some fake crowd noise and virtual fans in the stands.

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"It's pretty much a done, deal. I think whoever is going to be at the at 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 where you see a wide shot it looks like the stadium is jam-packed and it fact it'll be empty," Buck said, via

Buck later took to Twitter to clarify his comments after he felt they were misrepresented in a since-deleted tweet by Sports Illustrated.

"Amazing the headline doesn't match what I said," Buck wrote. "Didn't think that happened at places like [Sports Illustrated]. I've been saying for over a month, including on HBO in April, that some ambient crowd noise under a broadcast is a simple, necessary tool to normalize the viewing experience at home."

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"It doesn't have to be over the top," Buck added in another tweet. "But something has to be there. Contrary to the misleading headline at SI and other places — I said FOX is WORKING on virtual fans. They are working everyday on ANYTHING to make our shows the best on TV. That's exciting to me, and I am thankful."

The NFL is slated to begin play in September, and based on current guidelines from health professionals, it seems unlikely there will be fans in the seats.

The CDC has issued some additional tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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