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Video- No Fans In The Stands, Will The Refs Call The Game Differently?

via TSN's YouTube page,

On the latest TSN In Depth, Rick Westhead chats with former NHL referee Dean Warren and the author of 'Scorecasting' Tobias Moskowitz about how playing in empty arenas will affect the way in which referees officiate games and how home-field advantage can influence close calls.


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Mr. Moskowitz and others have written that noisy fans and announcers do not have much impact in terms of distracting or demoralizing visiting players. But statistically, they do cause officials to make calls that favor the home team in tricky situations, including many pivotal ones….
Eric Tulsky, the manager of hockey analytics for the Carolina Hurricanes, said: “You have to be really sure of yourself when you know that everybody around you thinks one thing to say, ‘No, it’s actually the opposite.’ So the home team ends up getting some borderline calls, just because hearing other people’s opinions influences you.”


Posted by d ca on 05/29/20 at 04:47 PM ET

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