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An interesting and not implausible thought. I'm curious about this bit:

"If he were to go more frequently, and see the game in its full range from the bleachers in a stadium, he would become more attuned to appreciating the aesthetic of professional tactics, which are in no small part very spatial and not fully appreciated on a TV screen unless one knows to project them onto the screen"

I'm not much of a soccer fan, and have never been to a game in a stadium, but I can that with (American) football and with baseball, I'm not sure this is right anymore, though it once was. The reason is that the camera work is so much better now, with multiple cameras (and replay, slow-mo, etc.), and in the case of (American) football, on-screen aids to see where a first down is and the like, that it's at least often much easier to follow the action than in a stadium, where you can typically only see a part of the action, only from one angle, only once, and so on, that it's only a small part that you get to see. Do you mean something different by "full range" here, or do you think that soccer is, in this way, different from (American) football and baseball?

(I suspect that on-line games have an impact on the experience of those things, too, though I have no first hand experience with them.)

Eric Schliesser

I think American football and baseball are much more compartmentalized sports such that each play is more discrete unit [in baseball: each at bat/pitch; in NfL each play, etc.], and I think the camera's are positioned in such a way to make each play available to viewers. Indeed, often home viewing is superior than in stadium viewing then. (I don't mean to deny that the flow of the game is more than the discrete units in these sports.)
In football/soccer it is also true that cameras finally capture a lot of things that are largely invisible or indistinct in the stadium (this is why VAR is now becoming really possible). But the spatial tactics are much harder to capture on camera --and make interesting to home viewers -- because they are in constant flow. [You could show it and sometimes it is shown when the game gets interrupted for fouls/freekicks, of course.] It's that spatial dimension that gets discussed and represented in half-time shows [often with supporting graphs], but rarely shown and discussed in real time during the game. [The repeats and slow motions during the game are generally of action on/near the ball.]


That's interesting and sounds plausible, Eric. Thanks.

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