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  • Avatar fans add atmosphere to baseball broadcasts
  • Avatar fans add atmosphere to baseball broadcasts
    Taylor Rooney (2018) ©

Avatar fans add atmosphere to baseball broadcasts

Live sports fixtures may be returning to screens but visions of empty stadiums are sucking some of the atmosphere out of sports-viewing. As leagues look to re-engage fans and restore normality to broadcasting, Major League Baseball is introducing 3D avatar fans to fill empty seats.



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