I’m guessing you’ve watched a few NBA games in the last two weeks, since the league restarted inside a bubble at the Disney Resort in Florida. The Golden State Warriors weren’t invited to the bubble — neither were the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Minnesota Timberwolves, or New York Knicks — but it’s still NBA basketball, and that’s worth watching.
If nothing else, you’ve got to scout the competition for 2020-21, right?
Because the league is backed into a corner trying to make a season work from a bubble, they’ve had to experiment with some changes and alterations, and in some cases that’s resulted in some new features.
According to SB Nation’s latest Reacts survey, fans are overwhelmingly in favor of many of those features. One of the most people features is the new camera angle, which is more similar to what you would experience at an actual game. Nearly three-quarters of fans like that alteration.
One of the weirder parts of the bubble is the addition of fans when fans aren’t allowed. The NBA has done their best to make the fan experience part of the games, with each contest having a wall of virtual fans watching the matchup.
It’s nothing like going to a game, yet more than half of fans said that they would want to be one of the virtual fans.
One of the more amusing changes has been that coaches are allowed to ditch their formal suits on gamedays and replace them with the much more comfortable looking polo.
It’s a bit reminiscent of high school sports, but the vast majority of fans think this is a trend that should stay beyond the 2020 season.
The one new addition that wasn’t widely enjoyed was the fake crowd noise and game audio. Only 38% of fans said they like it to 20% that do not. That’s easy to understand, since the noise is keeping fans from getting to hear what the players are saying.
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