Bleacher Report – 4 Takeaways from Top Rank on ESPN Card

A month after mixed martial arts dove back into the live sports pool, boxing dipped its toe. Bob Arum’s Top Rank became the first promotional company to produce a significant domestic fight card in the United States on Tuesday night, returning to ESPN airwaves with a five-bout show featuring a non-title fight involving featherweight title […]

Sports Pro Media – Premier League clubs consider fake crowd noise for closed matches

Rights holders globally are planning for live sports broadcasts of closed matches with fake crowd noise designed to boost the production quality. Clubs in English top-flight soccer’s Premier League discussed the issue at their most recent meeting. Paul Barber, Brighton chief executive, revealed some of his club’s thinking on presentation of matches without fans, which included altering the […]

The Hustle – Want your cheers on ESPN? There’s an app for that

Attention, sports fans: All those boos you’ve stored up over the last few months? Now that sports are tipping off again, they’re suddenly a matter of national urgency. Last Tuesday, when live boxing jabbed its way back onto TV, ESPN partnered with a startup called Hear Me Cheer to sprinkle in people’s at-home reactions. Hear Me Cheer […]

Forbes – If Sports Returns, ChampTrax Is Hoping To Fill The Crowd Noise Void Remotely

If you watched any portion of the Chinese Professional Baseball League between the Rakuten Monkeys and Uni-President Lions Wednesday, the empty stands were noticeable. Another thing that might have caught your eye were the robot fans making the noise in lieu of actual fans due to social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read more […]