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    Miami Dolphins unveil plan to host fans in stadium amid coronavirus pandemic
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    OK, the easy joke is that nobody goes to Dolphins games anyway, but for NFL fans, the crowd-curious, or new normal noobs, read on:

    "The Miami Dolphins are in the process of planning how to best implement social distancing at games if teams are allowed to host fans during the 2020 NFL season... revealed mock-ups of new entrances and social distance strategies for Hard Rock Stadium to avoid the spread of Covid-19 during the coronavirus pandemic.

    The mock-up includes colored spots on the ground leading to the entrance gates, which are designed to keep distance between fans as they enter the stadium.

    There was also talk of limiting attendance to 15,000 fans. Hard Rock Stadium can hold 65,326 fans, but the adjustment would space out the seating to follow social distancing guidelines.

    However, the Dolphins will follow the NFL and U.S. Government guidelines when sporting events are deemed safe again.

    Hard Rock Stadium aims to became the first public facility to earn the Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s STAR accreditation. GBAC is a division of ISSA, a worldwide cleaning industry association, and their goal is to implement cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention work practices to control risks like Covid-19."

    PS- RIP Don Shula, the Dolphins Perfect Season coach dead at 90.


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    Dolphins should just play beach football... oh, wait, the beaches are still closed. Surf's temp is 80. Too cold for the locals anyway.

    PS. There ought to be a Bill Arnsbarger statue next to Don's.


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    Just saw that about Shula. He had a house not too far from here in the mountains on a golf course. I shot an interview with him there, once. Of course, I can't tell you how many times I've eaten in his steak houses... ; ) He had a good run.


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    If the game (and others) happen, could be good news for broadcasting- at least the sports side of things.
    Not sure how the athlete/locker room side of things would work though... and the whole colliding with other people as opposed to distancing thing.
    Plexiglass shield face masks?


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    Quote Originally Posted by groveChuck View Post
    ... Not sure how the athlete/locker room side of things would work though... and the whole colliding with other people as opposed to distancing thing.

    Plexiglass shield face masks?
    These would have to extend over the mouth.

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    Exactly, wouldn't be surprised to see it...


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    The Houston Texans are hiring a "hygiene coordinator".

    https://www.houstonchronicle.com/tex...edium=referral


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    Quote Originally Posted by groveChuck View Post
    If the game (and others) happen, could be good news for broadcasting- at least the sports side of things.
    Not sure how the athlete/locker room side of things would work though... and the whole colliding with other people as opposed to distancing thing.
    Plexiglass shield face masks?

    I’m honestly scared for “my job”, as someone that has covered sports their entire career. Granted football and basketball are very different sports played in very different environments (traditionally), but... The NBA is looking at limiting the total number of people in the facility to 50 or less(I’ve read much less) with TV coverage all with remote cameras-no tv crew on-site, announcers off-site as well(remmy: this has already been going on for years at the college level and with some other lower tier professional sports, but there were still camera and other essential personnel on-site), no “media” on-site either, they would be off-site, and press conferences/post game would all be remote camera feed, as well.

    At least on the broadcast side, it seems like an over reaction. Basketball crews are fairly small anyway. Set-ups aren’t complicated, because the arenas are all wired and the cameras positions, except for under the basket, are really far away from the court, and generally each other.


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    Selected soccer broadcasts have long been from a studio rather than from the on-site crews, all working off a live international video feed. Even before there was Univision, Tony Tirado did the entire 1986 World Cup from a studio in Miami, following the action on a front screen projector in front of him. And, if the feed was showing a replay while there was some live action going on, he was in the same clueless state as every fan watching at home. There was a dubious goal allowed in the Belgium-USSR knockout match. The camera didn't catch it since it was a long pass and there was a limited number of cameras on the field. Jan Ceulemans, the Belgian striker who ended up scoring the goal, admitted to being offside but he may have also been wrong because there was a Soviet player wide and behind him. The Soviets have been angry at that Swedish ref/sideline judge since then but their announcer wasn't at the site either, so he had no proof at all.

    At 2:30.



    PS. If someone watches a minute more, s/he can hear the English announcers mention "Clijsters". For trivia buffs, that was indeed the late Leo, father of Kim and Elke.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Run&Gun View Post
    I’m honestly scared for “my job”, as someone that has covered sports their entire career. Granted football and basketball are very different sports played in very different environments (traditionally), but... The NBA is looking at limiting the total number of people in the facility to 50 or less(I’ve read much less) with TV coverage all with remote cameras-no tv crew on-site, announcers off-site as well(remmy: this has already been going on for years at the college level and with some other lower tier professional sports, but there were still camera and other essential personnel on-site), no “media” on-site either, they would be off-site, and press conferences/post game would all be remote camera feed, as well.

    At least on the broadcast side, it seems like an over reaction. Basketball crews are fairly small anyway. Set-ups aren’t complicated, because the arenas are all wired and the cameras positions, except for under the basket, are really far away from the court, and generally each other.
    I would assume that keeping human operators in sports would be crucial in creating a human touch to the games. Without the crowds, you need that human touch to the operating. Cameras on the floor running around hand held, getting into the action between plays. Giving more access to wide angle close ups and getting millions more into the action. Give them an experience they've never seen before. Give the audience at home even more access and excitement. The way games have been shot haven't changed other than stupid 3D characters dancing on the lower thirds.

    There is nothing that would kill sports faster than long lens PTZ coverage of two teams of adults playing in an empty stadium.


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