NFL Giving ESPN And NFL-N Three Days To Work With The Draft

Thursday, July 23, 2009

You knew it was just a matter of time, but starting next April, the NFL Draft will be moving to a three-day format. Both ESPN and the NFL-N will still be covering those days, but they now have an extra day to work with, and will also be given a Thursday primetime starting point. Via John Clayton at ESPN....

The audience for the NFL draft has been growing, and the league has responded by expanding the event from two to three days.

Commissioner Roger Goodell notified teams Thursday that the draft will be spread over three days in 2010, running Thursday, April 22, through Saturday, April 24.

In addition, the first round will start in prime time at 7:30 p.m. ET.

"We continue to look for ways to make the draft more accessible to more fans," Goodell said in a statement. "Moving the first round to prime time on Thursday night will make the first round of the draft available to fans on what is typically the most-watched night of television."

ESPN and the NFL Network will televise the entire show.

The second and third rounds will start at 6:30 p.m. ET on April 23.

Rounds 4 through 7 will be on April 24, starting at 10 a.m. ET.
So there you have it. Obviously it's the right decision on multiple fronts, with the two biggest being ad revenue and ratings. It's the right decision, and should cause more media outlets to cover it, with the start time being on a Thursday evening.

Draft to expand to three days (ESPN)

Posted by Awful Announcing at 6:18 PM



Dr Huxtable said...
Jul 23, 2009, 7:01:00 PM  

How dare you trifle with the Lions' Super Bowl, Generalissimo Goodell. How dare you!

Jul 23, 2009, 7:17:00 PM  

As CEO of a business, Roger wants money. This will lead to business and many people like me will watch the final day ...specifically around when my team pics. said...
Jul 23, 2009, 11:05:00 PM  

Great, just what the American viewing public needs; one more day of Helmet Head Kiper.

Anonymous said...
Jul 23, 2009, 11:33:00 PM  

good for ad revenue, boring for the viewers- especially Friday and Saturday

Anonymous said...
Jul 24, 2009, 12:42:00 PM  

I don't give a dang about Kiper's foolish analysis as I watch NFL Network for my draft coverage.

Brad James said...
Jul 24, 2009, 1:27:00 PM  

The right decision? Give me a break.

The NFL prints money, they couldn't just let us have our draft parties and not mess it up?

NY Sports Jerk said...
Jul 24, 2009, 2:42:00 PM  

@NY Sports Jerk:
Unfortunately, ESPN and the NFL have one ultimate goal -- to make money (and there is no such thing as "enough money" to them). They're not going to pander to hardcore fans at the expense of revenue, because we hardcore fans are going to watch the draft if they show it at 3am on a Tuesday.

This was the "right decision" in that it brings in more ad revenues for both organizations, but not necessarily the "right decision" from a fan's perspective.

Jay said...
Jul 24, 2009, 9:06:00 PM  
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