Or is the crowd noise on ABC significantly higher than it has ever been on an ABC or ESPN broadcast? To the point you can barely hear the commentators. Yes, Brazilian crowds are always loud, but most World Cup match crowds are. Watching previous matches on ESPN you could barely hear the crowds – it was faint background noise. No question they are letting more through. Good for them. US fans really need to get a feel for how loud and insane crowds can be at the World Cup. It is nothing like the crowd noise at most US sporting events.