Clubhouse Chatter: Of the major sports, which is toughest for fans to watch on TV rather than at the game?

Updated 8/4/2020 6:28 PM

What the sports staff has to say now that the games have resumed.

Baseball. While it's easy enough to follow the game, it's not baseball to me when there's no fans in the stands and I can't stand looking at the stupid cutouts. I need real crowds and real noise.


-- John Radtke

The truth is there is no sport better in person than on TV, given modern technology and all the comforts of home. But if it were your team with a chance to win a championship, it would be brutal having to watch the clincher from home while your tickets get flushed down the toilet.

-- Barry Rozner

The NHL. It's always difficult to pick up the puck on TV, and there is a sound to live hockey that doesn't translate well to the tube.

-- Scot Gregor

At MLS games you get used to the near-constant singing or chanting by the supporters' sections and the rhythmic beating of a drum or drums. It's interesting to hear the players talking to each other during the game, but it just doesn't feel right.

-- Orrin Schwarz

Those die-hard baseball fans who soak up the atmosphere at Wrigley Field or Fenway Park probably are having a hard time not being able to attend an actual game, sit in the sunshine and enjoy all the sights, sounds and environment of a ballgame.

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-- John Lemon

Even as a hockey fan, and even with high-def, I think the sport is tough to watch on TV because it's hard to find the puck. Nothing like watching hockey in a stadium. You can find the puck and better appreciate the speed of NHL players.

-- Joe Aguilar

There's an energy with playoff hockey that will be sorely missed in the NHL without fans. For season-ticket holders, I can't imagine how tough it'll be to watch on TV instead of being in the stadium.

-- Kevin Schmit

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