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Wrigley’s home-field advantage without fans

Four days into the Cubs’ training camp restart, we’ve only begun to get acquainted with the new normal of baseball rhythms and routines that we can only hope will result in a 2020 season of 60 games.

If the league can fix some of its early testing issues and keep enough players on enough teams healthy enough to start the season, what might come into play for the Cubs and the actual baseball.

Early observations after about a dozen Zoom sessions with team personnel and two intrasquad scrimmages:

NUTS: Home cooked?

The Cubs, who draw so reliably in one of the unique ballparks in the majors, might have more to lose than most teams without fans allowed to attend games when the season starts July 24.

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Just how much of the Confines’ home-field advantage is lost will

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Fans may be able to help make crowd noise for Orlando restart broadcasts

There will be crowd noise on the broadcast of games from HP Field House and The Arena when the NBA restarted in Orlando — but that noise may be of cheering fans at home.

As opposed to using pre-recorded crowd noise from other games being added to the broadcast — as has been done with European soccer, including the English Premier League — the NBA is looking into ways to use the sound of fans cheering at home and pushed through an app into the broadcast, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told Steve Serby of the New York Post.

But there will be a lot of technology we will be experimenting with to try to introduce noise and make the event more entertaining for players and TV viewers. We have been having a lot of fun with apps that allow fans to push noise they make at home into the

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