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Crowd Participation: A Thing of the past?

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Levar Dawkins
Levar Dawkinshttps://theinternationaltelegraph.news/
Editorial Team Rating: 4-AAAA Primary Journalism Sector(s): Entertainment, Sports

I remember as a kid, my first live sporting event. It was a baseball game the New York Yankees vs. the Oakland Athletics. It was Old-Timers Day; all the greats were there: Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggo, just to name a few. It was 1986; I was in the 3rd grade, and my favorite player at the time was Don Mattingly. Why? Because that was my teacher’s favorite player at the time, and I had a huge crush on her. Anyway, I remember walking towards the stadium, my heart racing, I couldn’t stop talking. I was so excited. It was a wonderful experience. An experience all fans of any age should experience. The crowd cheering, the 7th inning stretch, hoping a foul ball or homerun makes it into your section. The vendors yelling, “GET YA HOT DOGS HERE, NATHAN HOT DOGS!” Man, the memories of witnessing Dave Winfield hitting a homerun, hearing everyone cheer-what an awesome feeling!

Some of today’s fans may never get to experience a live sporting event due to “Covid-19”. This pandemic has changed the way we watch sports tremendously. No fans at a game? That’s unheard of! No cheering for your home team or even your favorite player? I don’t know about you, but this new normal sucks.


Some sports may change. For instance the “N.F.L” currently has a varying fan policy (https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/02/nfl), however the MLB, NHL, WNBA and NBA have had no fans in the stands at all. I wonder if this will carry over into the upcoming seasons….or beyond?

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  1. I would have liked this article to be longer. I was really enjoying your perspective on the whole topic and it seemed to end abruptly.

    Also, from technical writing standpoint work on your essay structure (formatting and grammar) and find sources that support your statements (even opinions). That makes for a higher standard of journalism.

    You are just getting your feet wet in this thing, so overall I commend your work and efforts! I like the style in which you express your commentary. Continue to work to improve and I think you’ll amass a large following.

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