With 4 million viewers its first week back, Germany’s Bundesliga had three times its usual audience. But how can you have soccer without fans, without hooligans even? A lot of the magic is missing without people in the seats, roaring their approval or disdain. There’s new magic, though: Journalists with coveted permission to attend can hear birds chirping, coaches yelling at each other across the pitch and players calling to one another. Less magical? The twice-weekly COVID-19 testing and the isolation that participants are subjected to when they’re outside the stadium.
OZY takes a look at sports after the pandemic.