FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT
The Spanish La Liga restarted last night with fake crowd noise and artificial fans in the stadium. The result was deemed an overwhelming success with the right balance between atmosphere generated and viewer experience achieved. This is important as the EPL will be experimenting with a similar kind of technology when its season restarts on Wednesday.
MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: It is worth testing out different special effects to fill the massive void that the absence of fans leaves. One of the English Premier League’s biggest selling points is the closeness of the fans to the pitches and the unique atmosphere that English fans generate. Can’t wait to see how it plays out.
SPEAKING OF RESTARTS … HOW DID THE PGA TOUR GO?
Aside from the playing action which saw Justin Rose tear up the Colonial Golf Course with a 7-under 63, players had to mentally adjust to a lack of applause. Rose caught himself tipping his cap early on out of pure habit after making a putt … but to an audience that didn’t exist. Jordan Spieth had to rub his eyes when he saw Phil Mickelson on the 14th green without the massive gallery that usually follows him around. Overall though, players were just happy to be out there competing again.
MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: Imagine how strange golf will look when Tiger Woods returns without the usual circus of followers hounding his every move? Welcome to our world!
THE US OPEN HAS A GROWING PROBLEM
The US Open slated to start on August 24 at Flushing Meadow in New York may give the organisers and sponsors a headache as a number of high-profile players are indicating their reluctance to participate under the current circumstances. With Roger Federer already ruled out with an injury, Rafa Nadal stating his unwillingness to travel, Novak Djokovic refusing to play under current overly stringent proposed protocols, Simona Halep and Ashleigh Barty have added their voices to the growing discontent. Organisers have suggested quarantine in a hotel, players only allowed one support staff member among Covid-19 related restrictions.
“I definitely have strong concerns about going there with those conditions,” said Halep. “Not only because we’re in the middle of a global pandemic. But also because of the risk of travel, potential quarantine, and then the changes around the tournament.”
MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: Should the top players suck it up and play under any circumstances like other sports are doing? Or do they have a right to protect their reputations by insisting on their usual preparations for major tournaments with their full entourage with them? Let us know your thoughts.
FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT