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And as we've highlighted before, the ah eh NBA season is going to be making its return starting at the end of ah kind of July and then going into August through the summer time, wrapping up this season in October at the latest date, sometime in mid October and then lining up to start their next season at the beginning of December.
Something that people have talked about before is possibly being a positive shift for the MBA.
Less competition, as will be at the back end of the NFL season, and certainly then you'll be riding your way through the summer and wrapping yourself up and avoiding some of the other competition from other major sports.
So ah, good testing ground for the MBA in that sense.
And one of the other things, though specifically as we talk about the return of the MBA, is taking a look at how the Orlando environment is going to work for these players.
We've already established that they're going to be isolated to a particular hotel or area of the Disney theme park resort. Whatever.
You want to describe that as sports complex in this case, So they're gonna be isolating in that way over the next handful of months in order to ensure, or at least mitigate, some of the risk in contracting the Corona virus and possibly losing players from this conclusion of the season.
But the next phase about this that becomes interesting is how are you going to provide an environment that makes sense for the players and at least give them some ah, feeling of familiarity as we know they're not going toe, have fans in the arena, said Play in front of.
So what is crowd noise look like? What is the environment feel like for them in the absence of crowd noise? Now there's a couple of interesting things about it, I guess, if you want to call them interesting.
But one of the things you want to think about is obviously in Japan, where they started up their seasons again.
They used the cardboard cutouts that, at least so then visually, when you look out, it feels like there's some sense of a crowd being there.
But in the absence, though, of movement of some kind that feels a little bit different.
You also think about one of the ideas of home court advantage on which is neither here nor there at this stage of just getting the n b A back.
But think about when foul shots are taken and normally behind the basket.
You have a lot of wild motions.
You have a lot of it'll movement happening in that regard.
So when you consider the idea of having these cardboard cups in the stands, one of the other things now that Adam Silver said the MBA is looking at is pumping in n ba two k crowd noise so that the players have this sense off.
Ah, competitive environment where there is, at least from it audible standpoint, this sense of engagement from the crowd in the game.
Now for me, I'm a little bit.
I'm curious to see about this because of a couple of things, and even though you can say that it's obviously not the same kind of situation, and you're not playing against other teams.
But these teams go in their practice facilities and they run their drills again.
Their coaching of communicating their working through their systems.
At the same time, these guys have all played against one another in between games as they work on his strategies from on a week to week basis standing in base.
So, of course, the envious season.
The other thing is to these guys also grew up playing pick up basketball as well.
They grew up viewing and use sports for crying out loud.
You had your parents cheering for you.
But beyond that, it's not like you were getting a lot of other access to other people in terms of having these massive crowds in front of another from from a college level on, if they went to college, they probably had big crowds there, maybe even high school if you were a highly title prospects.
So most of these guys have been been the leak for a few years, or probably 678 years into an experience of having a very specific type of environment that they play their basketball in.
That being said, if LeBron jeans and Anthony Davis and James Harden Johannes and a couple of other guys and Luca Den Witty I some of the nexus that kind of make sure that I incorporate and they're all on the same level.
But if these guys got together and said We're going to a five on five you don't think that once those competitive juices start to flow that they're just gonna get intense about the game, wanting to be one another.
So you know, I understand that the sense of want to create that environment.
But I don't know how crucial it is for these MBA players.
Tell them that there's a Nen b a championship on the line, and I think the little find a way to get to get to that mental state where they're ready to go out there and compete now.
The other thing is, though, beyond the crowd noise, which will help with something, I think that's an ancillary problem.
And that's the idea of commentators.
I don't think for it.
If you would start to kind of get down this road here, I would assume that you don't get commentators inside the arena.
I think it's been mentioned before that you may find them on video feeds somewhere else, even in the arena, maybe up in the press box situation, as opposed to being down courtside, where they can then monitor and then have commentary for the TV feed for the home audience purpose.
So that may eliminate that because otherwise sitting courtside without the crowd noise effects going on, you're probably going to hear them talking again.
I don't know how crucial that is, but in the idea of play by play commentary, you certainly you can't have some level of communication.
Probably distraction, as in, LeBron James brings the ball because has 1/2 court and you can literally see it.
There's also the predictive commentary saying something like As Johannes bleeds around to the weak side of the basket, right, So now you're possibly be kidding, play by play commentary for the defense to know what adjustments to make is well, So I think that's going pretty quickly, if not already off the table.
They're going to explain how that will that will work as well.
And then it's also again about limiting the number of people that are gonna interact in these situations also, so the you know, having having the crowd noise in in combination with the cardboard cutouts, I think is your pretty good sense.
They remember They could also pump in some of the normal music, the break music they have in their during commercials on some of those count upsy countdowns.
But to be honest with again, I would also wonder if players would say, Listen, like we don't need some of the bells and whistles that go on arenas.
And while we know that's about the crowd that's there in a live game setting normally and having them stay engaged in between those breaks, maybe this is not, you know, you talk about testing ground for experimenting with schedules and layouts and 16 seeds there that they have battered around for a while, as opposed to two conferences.
Um, this may be an opportunity for MBA players to gain some type of experiences faras some absence of some noise and some distraction and say, Listen, when we do, we'll come back for the normal year in December, starting our 2021 campaign 2020 2120 2020 2021 campaign. That's a tongue twister.
Um, we would prefer if we don't have as much audio distraction in the background, right? So the pumping of the music in between, maybe they want toe mitigate that a little bit.
O are just the volume love or something so you could get feedback in that regard as well.
So this should be you would like to think a two way street for N B A.
Players to communicate things that maybe they had an issue with.
And if the MBA, as a league can start to figure out some different things to do that, maybe a nice adjustment that they can make.
Obviously you can't take out crime members just put cardboard cutouts.
But just, you know, again some of those audit auditory stimulation that are there for the crowd.
Maybe you see some push back from players on that as they work their way through this and the other thing that I was thinking about, though, and I kind of debunked myself.
But I had a quick thought of If you're if you are the n B A and you want to offer, this still works.
From one standpoint, it would make for a very awkward visual for the N B. A.
Players, obviously on would certainly make it tricky.
Ah, uh, from a standpoint of set up, let's just say but for a home crowd and to engage the MBA fan base.
I did wonder if would it be worth while to potentially and again? This eliminates that sense of being able to have the corporate cutouts.
Unless maybe you say, Take the 1st 10 rows behind the bench is on.
Allow those to be those cardboard cut outs.
So it's basically all the eye level that you see then at a certain road depth.
If you were to run green screen, just large scale green screens, I wondered that if the n b A.
Might be able to pipe in riel visuals, right, think, uh, it was Hollywood Squares, right? Think the Brady Bunch, all those cubes up.
So all of the sudden, you get to have all these cubes on this green scapes screen place displaced out, and fans can log in and they can be there visually on TV.
Cheering as they're watching at home on may be offered that sense a little bit of the liveliness of for the again.
This is just for the home audience, so it's gonna be kind of a special thing, a nice thing for the families to dio on the court the players are gonna be looking around and beyond those cardboard cut out to the pumpkin N B A to K audio.
They're going to see just a green screen there.
So is that going to be distracting for them? Well, that's feel awkward. Continually.
You could also do a black you black out screens or red or blue.
Whatever color is least distracting to the I am.
White screens would be more or less awkward than any other color.
What the preference should be, But you could set the hopes of the media wasn't is visually stimulating for the players.
And you have obviously also find a color that's neutral relative to NB A India uniforms and things like that.
But, I mean, use it on TV.
But that might be a fun way to give the fans that aren't getting to attend these games and are missing home playoff games for their teams right in the Eastern Conference.
The Magic, the Nets, the Celtics, the Sixers, Toronto Raptors, the Milwaukee Bucks.
You're not getting any of these games at your home arena.
Likewise, for all those teams out West, both L A teams, possibly even 1/3 l A team.
If the Kings can can pull something out of their hat, here is they get thrown into that 22 team.
Ah, playoffs, a game regular season playoff format that's been introduced by Adam Silver.
So you know this is certainly, I think, an opportunity for the MBA to continue to be innovative and maybe think about interesting ways they get part of that.
Really, Do you think about VR has also been something you can utilize already where you can do the VR pass and sit courtside at live sporting events.
So in that same way, maybe this is an opportunity to do so.
Can you get live er feeds and offer that to certain fans if they want to.
This is maybe even borderline shameful of me to, say, a revenue source for the N B A.
Teams you could have paying customers choosing to utilize VR technology and then have those set up courtside down there in Orlando and allow them to be able to look around and to go watch the game of visually like that from their home.
Forget that present in the moment, experiencing live playoff basketball action that there.
Of course, we're all gonna be lacking.
At the very least, getting opportunity to see live games on TV is going to be exciting.
But I don't know why.
Some things that it was crazy idea of going with two K for some audio make fence.
Use anything that you can use every technology capable to you.
Something at me about these cardboard cutouts isn't nice.
Is a little bit weird, Yes, but creepy saying just the post, you know, still people in the crowd.
So, you know, having some sense of movement, I think would be important to as as still isn't may sound, you know, how do you get it so that an entire video row by row or section by section you could have some level of movement forward or side to side, You know of ring up one of those old school systems the police home alone style.
Macaulay Culkin on this Go Kevin McCallister and be there, You know, moving those cardboard cutouts back and forth because I think as much as anything from being players, probably that environment, things moving around you and a little bit audio stimulation as well.
But beyond that, if they look out and all they see is a crowd of still faces out there, that could be just as alarming as playing in an empty arena.
So these are some of the fun, the lighter side of things.
The most important news, of course, is that they are coming back, and but again, to me, there's an opportunity here to explore some different options and think about ways that you could create both a good experience for the players, probably first and foremost, right there in the isolated for a number of months.
Obviously, they're getting paid again to compete for a championship.
But it's a difficult, difficult setting, right, so beyond.
Beyond that also, how can you maybe capitalize this on this and give fans some really unique experiences that could be in the worst case scenario off fun experiment And just a sign of as we've highlighted on a lot of these conversations, right? And they'll be struggling, giving themselves a terrible public image bullet from an ownership and from a player side of things.
This may not work out doing some of these wacky fan experiences, but It'll again Just be another indication of the n b A Cares.
They want to get this season back up and running.
They want to test the waters of different technologies to make sure that they tried to provide everyone on all sides, players and coaches and staff members and, of course, the fan base at home.
The best opportunity to experience it like they normally would, and an absence of being able to physically be at the games.
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