All so artificial

Artificially added crowd noise on pandemic baseball broadcasts (and other sports) may be the worst idea since artificial turf. It’s as condescending as a laugh track on a mediocre sitcom.

And the so-called explanation is the same, that audiences need some “cue” to know when to get excited (a premise that modern sitcoms have largely abandoned). Combine that with the cartoon cut-out “fans” and the occasional shot of an empty grandstand, and the whole thing takes on a somewhat surreal quality. But then, so much of our current situation does…

But I think it shows a lack of respect to the fan/viewer to think that we need help knowing when we’re having fun.

— Jeff Mark