believes the usage of CGI-computer created graphics-is being debated, as the Premier League prepares to restart 2019-20 behind closed doors.
There is a possibility that playing matches in empty stadiums will bring major obstacles for the league.
And ensuring closed-door matches is pushing networks to come up with ideas that are previously unimaginable.
Instead of banks of empty chairs, one is the usage of CGI in the quiet stadium.
A senior Sky source says “and if a team doesn’t sell all of its Premier League seats, if you have one stand that’s particularly empty it results in even lower viewers ratings. And though there’s noise, an empty stand also affects the appreciation of the show by the spectators. If the ground is completely empty and completely silent, then it really is a strange experience.”
“It is not really that hard to place moving graphics in CGI, except on the live-action line. The task is to do it at the level that is required now. Can you get Old Trafford to look complete as you move the device through all the angles that cameras need to move between them?”
“If you have one fixed camera, CGI is simple to do because you’re doing it in one defined location.
But think of 24 cameras that offer you basically a 360-degree view. This is a lot about infrastructure. The software exists but the task of operating it at the latency that is required has never been achieved before.
“There’s still little clarification as to when the season would stop and with what sort of conditions matches will be able to take place.”
Belgium and The Netherlands have already canceled their seasons. In France’s top two divisions have happened the same.
The Premier League is already trying to do whatever it can to end a season.