Hey Sports Tech Fans,
La Liga returns this weekend. The first game was on last night between Sevilla and Real Betis. A hardcore rivalry of Spanish football with two teams playing from the city of Seville.
While it wasn’t as flat as my experience of watching the Bundesliga, thanks to a partnership with EA sports to include fan chants and songs, the visual element certainly wasn’t an improvement on the empty stadiums. Check out my tweet below.
The experience was quite glitchy. The stands would look empty one second and the next it would have the overlay of “fans”. Which was more akin to the graphics in FIFA 1998 than anything modern.
Obviously there are huge limitations to what can be overlayed on a live broadcast.
But my personal opinion is that we should leave the virtual “fans” to audio only as that did improve my experience.
However, having lived in Barcelona for only 6 months as part of my MBA, my Spanish skills are basic at best so don’t extend to chants from teams.
The real test for me will happen when the Premier League returns next week.
This week SportsPro continued their excellent series of virtual conferences and both BT and Sky were represented and they went into some detail of what they will be delivering in terms of audio.
They will have audio mixers working in real time to add sounds based on the flow of the game and will have social media style voting included to impact the audio. The more a teams fans vote, the higher their volume.
Obviously this wont have an impact in the stadium but it could make for a better viewing experience for the fans.
There is an ESPN article at the bottom of the newsletter which suggests that home advantage in an empty stadium disappears, which makes sense to me. While fans cant physically influence the action, their actions can inspire their team to play better or be so intimidating to the opposition that they play worse.
BT and Sky are also launching features that will allow friends to watch the same match in sync, which is a huge thing for me as watching a game while chatting with friends over group chat has ruined the action on countless times as our feeds out of sync.
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Have a great sporting weekend,