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Huey Lewis Calls for Ban on Pre-Recorded Music During Sporting Events

Image courtesy of Paradigm Agency (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Paradigm Agency (via ABC News Radio)

The man who brought you the chart-topping 1980s album Sports has a problem with today’s sports.

Huey Lewis has penned a piece for the music-themed website TheTalkHouse.com in which he states his case for why pre-recorded music should be banned from sporting events, specifically baseball games. His argument is that it “has begun to seriously degrade the experience of going to a ballgame."

He lists several reasons why he feels this way. Firstly, Huey thinks pre-recorded music drowns out the natural sounds heard at a ballpark, like the crack of the bat, the chatter of the fans, and the vendors selling their goods.

Not only is the pre-recorded music loud, Huey says, but the quality is poor because of the way the speakers are set up at the ballpark.

Huey says the best part about a pre-recorded music ban would be that it would “do away with those over-played theme songs that annoy and belittle athletes and audiences alike.” He cites “Wheels on the Bus” as one example.

Huey is an advocate for live music during a sporting event, whether it come from an organist or a local music group. He writes, “The worst live organist is better than the best pre-recorded music.”

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