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Marv Albert says it seems like Celtics are pumping in artificial crowd noise

Jan 26, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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Marv Albert called the nationally televised broadcast between the Knicks and the Celtics in Boston on Thursday, and believes there may have been some funny business going on in terms of the sound he heard from inside the arena while the game was in progress.

Albert essentially said during the telecast that he believes the Celtics were pumping in artificial crowd noise during the game. While it’s unclear if league rules specifically prohibit teams from doing that, if true, it could be viewed as an embarrassment by the home town fans.

From Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald:

Based on what Albert has heard, he believes Celtics management pumps in extra noise.

“It seems that way, but they say no,” Albert said after the Celtics’ 89-86 loss to the Knicks. “There’s times when it seems like there is suddenly a bump in the sound. But I really don’t want to make a big deal out of it.”

The Celtics responded to Albert’s claim with the following tweet: “Regarding comments on tonight’s (broadcast), the Celtics have never used artificial crowd noise.”

Albert is one of the most tenured broadcasters out there, and has been in every one of the NBA’s arenas. So he would be among the most qualified to determine whether or not a team was guilty of the offense.

Honestly, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Celtics or any other team chose to do this at times. There’s a constant din played over the sound system during NBA games now, to the point where any additional noise — even some geared toward making the fans in the building sound louder and more passionate than they actually are — would be very hard to notice.

  1. charlescub80 - Jan 26, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    It’s a show. That is all…….

    • purnellmeagrejr - Jan 27, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      Marv’s artifical hair told him about it.

  2. dombili - Jan 26, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Nice article, Brett. Your work is really thorough as you obviously mention the fact that Celtics also said (via twitter) that this is not true at all and people who’re responsible for these things in Garden was furious after Albert’s comments and they denied his allegations too. But hey – do whatever it takes to get more pageviews, eh?

  3. andrewproughcfe - Jan 26, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    A Boston sports team cheating? Impossible.

    Signed – Belichick, Big Papi, and Man-Ram

    • andyhr17 - Jan 26, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      If it happens to be true, it is sad….but how exactly is that “cheating”?

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - Jan 26, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    It’s real, and not everyone does it.

    You could hear the reverb on the TNT mics on the basket stanchion when Paul Pierce dunked in the 3rd (or was it early in the 4th) not long after Marv mentioned this. That was a dead giveaway that it was artificial noise.

    Didn’t work anyway.

    Go Knicks.

    • nycalldayz - Jan 26, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      @Mr. Wright 212

      How would u know if it’s real or not, and most arenas do it. So you’re wrong.

      Paul Pierce dunked the ball during the 2nd, then Marv Albert mentioned or made the accusation of the Celtcs pumping artificial noise. After Pierce dunked the ball, then the crowd noise esculated. If you ever been to sports arena or TD Garden, there’s a noise meter on the jumbotron. The noise meter reads, “get loud”. It happens every where, MSG, TD Garden, any where.

      The only way Marv’s claims can be proven if there’s footage of a motionless crowd and u hear noise. I do find it strange that the Celtics organization responded to Marv’s claims. If they know it’s not true there’s no need to respond to false claims. Boston fans are notorious for being loud and rowdy don’t see why they need motivation?

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Jan 26, 2013 at 10:40 PM

        I would know because I’ve worked in sound and can spot artificial sound apart from genuine noise. The reverb was clear.

      • slowclyde86 - Jan 27, 2013 at 10:50 AM

        “How would u know if it’s real or not, and most arenas do it. So you’re wrong.”

        Which is it? He has no way of knowing, or most do it so its no big deal if even if Boston is doing it? The second statement does not follow the first in a logical argument, so your conclusion is silly.

        What’s more, one can indeed know and “most…do it” is the first excuse of cheaters and their enablers.

        Hilarious and a little sad.

  5. dls612 - Jan 26, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Its a silly observation by Albert, cause the only way to prove his case is if the fans are motionless or the seats are empty! Besides your in a stadium not a gym!

  6. dondada10 - Jan 26, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    The WWE does this and if you’ve ever been to a live show it’s very much noticeable.

    The Nets used to do this in New Jersey. Marv calls Nets home games. He would know.

  7. purplekoolaid1 - Jan 26, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    I think Marv had his toupee on too tight during that game and was being fooled.

  8. Gordon - Jan 26, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    I believe Marv. He dressed in drag & bit a chick on the back. He should know what a real yell sounds like.

    • nycalldayz - Jan 26, 2013 at 7:08 PM

      OuCh! LOL

    • manchestermiracle - Jan 27, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      Yeah, that’s what I’ll always remember him for. Albert sucks as a broadcaster.

  9. rajbais - Jan 26, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    The Bulls need that. We’re the worst booers in the NBA.

    I swear to god, on TV and in-person there are just 7 booers during free throws with 5 string balloons waving.


  10. tampajoey - Jan 26, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Tiki Barber is flabbergasted.

  11. gildaymonster - Jan 26, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Yes, because every time I have questions about audio fidelity I turn to the 71 year old for his expert opinion.

  12. theripster30 - Jan 26, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    It’s hard to believe a man in a wig.

  13. drewzducks - Jan 26, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    It would be hard to question his expertise on anything “artificial”.

  14. phillyphannn83 - Jan 26, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    @ nycalldayz…

    are you serious? you do know that those “meters” on the jumbotron are not real, right? They don’t actually move according to the sound levels, its a gimmick computer graphic used to make you think its real. I’ve been to many games in Philly, NJ, Florida, and Colorado and first off, everybody uses the exact same graphic. Second, some teams are dumb enough to use it when they’re team is getting blown out and the arena is quiet, yet the meter is magically going up while the sound level stays stagnant. Its totally laughable that you actually thought there’s a decibel meter somewhere in the stadium linked up to the jumbotron.

  15. davidly - Jan 27, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    It’d be pathetic, but not much worse than a limping organ version of Benny and the Jets for the gazillionth time.

  16. kelvinmchale - Jan 28, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Marv is wearing headphones the entire game, why would you trust what he is hearing?

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