Bringing fans inside the game with more audio

XFL returns Saturday with access to coach-player communication systems and replay booth.

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February 7, 2020 - 4:12 PM

Tampa Bay Vipers quarterback Aaron Murray won't have to relay playcalls to his offensive skill position players in the new XFL. They will hear them directly from the sideline.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The XFL’s greatest contribution to football the first time around was the skycam. When the league returns Saturday, the focus will be on bringing fans further inside the game.

ABC/ESPN and Fox will have access to the coach-player communication systems and can go live with the audio at any time. They will also be able to go into the replay booth as plays are being reviewed.

“To hear a play call and the verbiage, is the biggest thing that people will be talking about,” Fox analyst Joel Klatt said. “How often can you see a coach call plays? When you are able to hear the play calls, you can see the philosophy of a team and coach.”

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