We’ve wondered aloud lately if fan interest is down for this NFL Draft, and whether it will be reflected in the television ratings.
ESPN’s NFL Draft Producer Jay Rothman isn’t worried. He said on a conference call he expects fan interest to be “tremendous” and thinks that ratings will be higher than ever this year.
The confidence is interesting. There are certainly fewer people reading about the draft than usual, but there’s no telling if that will translate to reduced ratings.
We anticipate the NFL will get a loud and negative response from the fans in attendance at Radio City Music Hall during the draft, voicing their displeasure with the lockout.
We’ll have to wait and see if they get a loud response from fans when the ratings come out the next day.