The NFL is looking to change that stigma, especially with so many fans deciding to take in the game from home rather than make the trip to the stadium.
The league has already announced intentions to put cameras in locker rooms and mandate that all replays be shown on the video boards, no matter the effect they will have on the home team.
Those video boards will be used for another purpose, as well, as The Associated Press reports that teams will no be allowed to pump up the crowd with visual cues on the Jumbotron during plays, rather than just between them.
“Although the scoreboards can only use audio prompts until 20 seconds remain on the play clock — down from 30 seconds — video prompts now can be used any time,” the AP report states.
Hopefully this campaign will be successful, and we’ll see a lot fewer apathetic crowds this season (looking at you, Gillette Stadium).
Photo via Facebook/Gillette Stadium
Maybe building an outdoor baseball stadium in Minnesota wasn’t such a good idea.
That’s Bill Russell, right? [tweet https://twitter.com/RGIII/status/322489399415820288 align=’center’]
“It’s grilled cheese time!”