Laugh track sure sign it’s staged

Adding staged applause and cheers to sporting events makes us question how much of the experience producers would be willing to alter.

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June 15, 2020 - 9:51 AM

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Photo by Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports

Growing up in southwest Kansas, one of the tenets of life I learned early is this: A good steak needs no sauce.

After moving around the country a bit, I got used to people dousing their steaks with A.1. or other goop. More recently, marinades and rubs have come into fashion. But I remain a firm believer that the best steaks, properly seasoned and grilled, can’t be improved by such additions.

It’s a belief that carries into other areas of life, which is why I oppose the plans of TV and radio companies to artificially add cheering-crowd sounds to sports telecasts.

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