Several sports leagues have announced their return to play, but when the games return, fans will not be permitted to attend. So, how will these leagues handle the lack of crowd noise? Based off of one report, the NBA may be using crowd noise from the NBA 2K franchise.
NBA Crowd Noise
The NBPA today approved a plan that would see 22 NBA teams return to play in late July. The season would resume in Orlando, Florida, but no fans would be permitted to attend these games.
In order to compensate for the lack of fan ambiance, The Athletic‘s Shams Charania stated in an article today that the league and the PA are considering using crowd noise from the NBA 2K franchise to compensate for the lack of noise.
2-3 preseason games. 1,600 maximum capacity in Orlando. No plan for anti-drug blood testing. Potential crowd noise via NBA 2K sounds.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 5, 2020
This would, in turn, reportedly increase the quality of the empty-arena games. This addition would also be reportedly for both the remainder of the regular season, as well as the postseason.