NFL still working on allowable decibel level for fake crowd noise

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The NFL will use artificial crowd noise. The question is: How loud will it be?

PFT reported last week that the fake crowd noise is expected to be in the range of 70 to 85 decibels.

A Competition Committee meeting later this week is expected to bring the final answer.

“We’re working on that,” Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, said Tuesday on a conference call. “We’re trying to finalize the decibel levels — in dome, outside. We will have them finalized in the coming days.”

The league appears set to allow all 32 teams to pipe in fake noise, whether fans are in the stands or not. That is a change in what originally was anticipated for teams allowing a limited stadium capacity.

“We’ve curated audio that will be played in all stadiums that don’t have fans,” Vincent said. “Then, it’s not prohibited in stadiums actually where fans are permitted.”

A league source confirmed Vincent’s quote is accurate but added that the overall policy still is being worked out.

Only a handful of teams are expected to begin their home schedule with fans in the stands, and with a limited capacity. The league hopes other teams will have fans before the end of the season.

“I believe that we may be having a lot of teams that start with no fans at the beginning of this season and they evolve to fans,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said. “Everyone is taking a cautious approach. We’re working with public health officials, and that will be our driving priority. We’re not going to go against public health officials. . . . Seventy percent of our fans are keeping their season-ticket deposits with the games in hopes they can buy a ticket for later this season or next season. Our fans, I’m just overwhelmed by their passion and their desire to follow football. From our standpoint, we’re going to create a safe environment in our stadiums, and we’re going to invite them in whenever we can do that in a responsible and safe way.”

10 responses to “NFL still working on allowable decibel level for fake crowd noise

  1. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why teams shouldn’t be allowed to crank up the noise while their team is on defense and quiet it while on offense. (It would be regulated of course, so every team would be allowed the same decibel levels, etc.) This would preserve the true home advantage. What am I missing?

  2. They shouldn’t have any fake noise pumped in. They should experience what it’s like to have no fans at all at games.

  3. The Colts have been doing this since Manning’s rookie year. The NFL should just consult them.

  4. hippstuff says:
    September 1, 2020 at 5:05 pm
    For the life of me, I can’t figure out why teams shouldn’t be allowed to crank up the noise while their team is on defense and quiet it while on offense. (It would be regulated of course, so every team would be allowed the same decibel levels, etc.) This would preserve the true home advantage. What am I missing?

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    Goodell massages the rules of the league how he sees fit to cheat.

    He testified in a federal court that Article 46 allows him to do whatever he wants, including fixing games for financial reasons.

  5. Jimmy McGill says:
    September 1, 2020 at 5:36 pm
    They should consult the Falcons. They have expertise in this area.

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    As do the Skins, Vikes and the mysteriously unpunished Colts who were caught in 2006 and Goodell did nothing after complaints from Pitt and then NE confirming the same thing.

  6. It should be no more than equal to the normal fan base noise at a home game… If your team is normally not very loud then it should reflect that.

  7. ZERO level. If you can not pump in extra crown noise when crowds are there you can not do it now. Illegal then needs to be illegal now!!! what next hey Tom since covid you can now under inflate as much as you want….no crowds? bring back the bountys.

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