POLL QUESTION – APRIL 4
By Leo Haggerty

POLL QUESTION

Before I start with our weekly poll question, let me wish everyone a happy and joyous Easter Sunday.  Here’s hoping that you took advantage of this time and had a chance to be with family to share fellowship as well as the usually holiday feast.

With sports venues starting to open up, albeit on a very limited basis. forms the gist of the query we asked our staff and contributors.  So, without further adieu, lets get to this week’s poll question.

WHICH ONE OF THE 4 PROFESSIONAL SPORTS LEAGUES IS THE HARDEST FOR PLAYERS TO COMPETE WITH NO FANS IN ATTENDANCE?

Not our usual high response but I believe our people did the same thing everyone else did and that was maximize their time with loved ones.  Enjoy.

JEFFREY NEIL FOX – ITS SPORTS MAGAZINE PUBLISHER
MLB.  Need fans in the stands.

DAVID ALEXANDER – AFC WEST CORRESPONENT
I have to admit I’ve enjoyed watching sports without fans in attendance.  The ability to hear players talking to each other, the lack of canned music and the focus on the game as opposed to “crowd shots” has been a nice change.  We can credit the players for making what was probably a difficult adjustment for them playing to empty seats.
To answer the question, I think it depends on where the sports are in the season.  I’m a big fan of the Stanley Cup playoffs and the energy from fans in the building is certainly a large part of that atmosphere. I think baseball players will certainly appreciate the ambient noise that comes from having fans in the stands.

LEO HAGGERTY – ITS SPORTS MAGAZINE EDITOR
Here’s the part that I’m struggling with when it comes to answering this question.  When you look up the definition of a professional, it states that it’s a person engaged in a specific activity, especially a sport or branch of the performing arts, as a main paid occupation rather than a pastime.
With that being said, professionals should be expected to perform under “any” circumstance because it’s their job.  Having covered all four major North American sports leagues, I have had the chance to witness “up close and personal” how a full house of loud and boisterous fans can effect the outcome of sporting events.
So, from my point of view, the hardest sport to compete without a fans is Major League Baseball.  I base that on the fact that the MBL has the least physical contact among players.  With the National Football League and the National Hockey League, whether there’s no fans or a packed house you are going to get hit so you better prepare for that.  The National Basketball Association is not a “collision” sport but it’s a “contact’ sport so that means you have to pay attention as well.

MLB is the one with the least amount of physicality.  For that reason, I feel that baseball is the hardest to compete at a professional level when there are no fans in attendance.