dangolka (CBS) — The coronavirus pandemic has created numerous challenges for each professional sports activities league in North America, not the least of which is making a sport presentation that doesn’t really feel hole or downright spooky in an empty enviornment.
Whereas there’s no precise right solution to accomplish that aim, the NHL introduced its plans for sport presentation in a method that ought to make the expertise a bit much less eerie for viewers at residence.
Utilizing video screens, distinctive lighting setups, and particular audio selections for every group, the league introduced that it plans to create completely different appears for each sport that takes place — even these which are performed on the identical sheet of ice in both Toronto or Edmonton.
“Somewhat than profiting from digital followers or cardboard cutouts or placing teddy bears within the stands, we’ve determined that we’re going to do one thing that actually caters to the followers at residence, the followers which are having fun with the tv expertise,” NHL senior government vp and chief content material officer Steve Mayer mentioned. “We wish to educate them. We wish to entertain them. We wish to visually excite them.”
When it comes to creating some degree of normalcy, the league has compiled in-arena songs and aim horns from every of the 24 groups concerned within the restart.
Video games may even have 32 cameras for TV broadcasts, a big uptick from the standard 20 cameras for a sport. The league additionally introduced that arenas shall be outfitted with a JITACAM.
“What it’s is a jib digital camera on a really lengthy arm, and it’s positioned over the gang — we’re not usually in a position to do this — and it’s on a truss,” Mayer defined. “And basically what it’s going to do, it’s going to dolly alongside the ice, and we actually really feel that this shall be a digital camera that’s going to offer you a really distinctive look. Plus, it’s going to have the ability to monitor together with our gamers and also you’re getting a tremendous really feel for the pace of our sport.”
Right here’s a peek at what that JITACAM can seem like throughout NHL motion.
Mayer mentioned that the league shall be utilizing synthetic crowd noise and in addition emphasised the elevated presence of in-arena audio throughout video games — although the league shall be cautious to forestall any naughty phrases from airing on reside TV by airing the video games on a five-second delay.
“There shall be microphones in every single place, however as a result of there aren’t any followers within the stands, the sounds of our sport — the checks, the slap photographs, a few of the issues which are part of our broadcast however now shall be a much bigger a part of our broadcast — will come out,” Mayer mentioned. “We’ll be on a five-second delay, additionally. We all know our numerous audiences shall be watching, and simply in case there’s some colourful language, we wish to defend our gamers and our coaches.”
And to assist cowl up that downside of empty seats, the NHL shall be creating an setting that’s considerably comparable however nonetheless completely different than what the NBA is doing. Right here’s a have a look at what the video games ought to seem like while you tune in:
“That is going to be an uncommon, to say the least, endeavor,” commissioner Gary Bettman mentioned. “It will likely be difficult at occasions, however I guarantee you we, at the side of the [NHL] Gamers’ Affiliation, who we work with each step of the best way, are attempting to do every thing potential to make this an expertise that hopefully you’ll always remember, however in a great way.”