NBL tells clubs to cut music volume
Unrelated, as may have been due to a speaker malfunction rather than a directive from NBL HQ (there was a loud buzzing noise at times), but at the Townsville / Perth game I went to on Sunday, I noticed there was significantly less music compared to last season.
It was a welcome change, but it made the arena dead quiet at times due to Townsville's crowd, which has in the last few years turned into a passionless, boring sea of golf claps and very little cheering. If you so much as cheer or heckle at even a moderate volume in Townsville, everyone in your section will turn and stare, compared to five years ago, when everyone in the arena was yelling and cheering.
If the crowd was roaring like it used to, I think the atmosphere would be better with less music and more crowd & court noise.
On another unrelated note, I also welcome the Crocs decision to take the microphones away from those moronic local radio presenters.
So what is the preference league-wide? More in-game music or less? In Perth, Cairns, or NZ, you would think that less music would bring out the intensity of the crowd, but what about in cities like Townsville where crowd numbers and club passion is waning?