New NFL rules encourage more crowd noise in stadiums

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Large crowd watches Peyton Manning throw at Broncos training camp. July 30, 2012

Large crowd watches Peyton Manning throw at Broncos training camp. July 30, 2012

DENVER — The National Football League is relaxing rules to encourage more crowd noise in stadiums this season.

Looking to “create a more exciting, vibrant stadium experience at each home game,” the league will allow the home team to use stadium audio to get the crowd fired up on any play  until 20 seconds remain on the play clock, down from 30 seconds last season. Stadiums will also be allowed to use video to encourage crowd noise at any time, regardless of the play clock.

Last week, teams were notified that they must place cameras in their locker rooms to provide “look-ins” on the coach and team for the video board and team apps, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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