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League looking for ways to put suspense back into the draft

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It started several years ago, with ESPN’s Chris Berman telling the audience what the draft pick would be as the Commissioner strolled to the podium to confirm what Berman had said.  It’s gotten worse recently, with NFL Network and ESPN reporters tipping the picks before they’re announced — and with NFLN and ESPN cameras showing players getting a phone call from the team that is going to take them.

The effort to pre-inform the TV audience has become a buzz kill, removing all intrigue from the drum-roll effect of the Commissioner’s left foot, right foot march to the middle of the stage.  Even for fans at Radio City Music Hall, the presence of large video screens (one-ear headsets are distributed for listening to either NFL Network or ESPN) spoils the surprise.

Richard Deitsch of SI.com reports that the NFL, ESPN, and NFL Network are discussing ways to avoid this.  The league says that it won’t show players on the phone from the green room on draft night.

Still, tipping picks is a broader issue of TV production.  Even if cameras aren’t showing the player on the phone, the on-air talent can let the cat out of the bag based on things they separately see and hear.

With two networks televising the draft, intervention by the league shouldn’t be needed.  Fans would surely flock to the network that decides on its own to defer to the Commissioner, and the bump in ratings would force the other network to do the same.

The problem is that the media is wired to always be first.  In this specific context, it’s far more important to let nature take its course and create a real “and the winner is . . . .” moment.

Unless and until the networks figure this out, the viewers will regard both to be losers.

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146 Responses to “League looking for ways to put suspense back into the draft”
  1. obamablowz says: Apr 18, 2012 6:57 PM

    Move it back to Saturday!!!!!

  2. trbowman says: Apr 18, 2012 6:59 PM

    “Richard Deitsch of SI.com reports that the NFL, ESPN, and NFL Network are discussing ways to avoid this.”

    Just don’t show the phonecalls or have Schefter/Mort spoil the picks beforehand. I’m not seeing what’s so difficult about that.

  3. thatguywhoisactuallyamiamisportsfan says: Apr 18, 2012 7:00 PM

    Doesn’t take a genius to fix this problem. Ten minutes per pick in the first round is way too long. People can barely stand Kiper and McShay by the day of the draft, but then to have to listen them non-stop on the days of.

    Don’t teams have draft boards and know who they want in order of whatever happens anyway? Works for me in Fantasy.

  4. boilerup1869 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:01 PM

    Easy solution:

    Prohibit team management (specifically, non-stop-drunken-tweeting idiots like Jim Irsay) from commenting on all players who are not a part of their club, including players who are draft-eligible.

  5. kilo0986 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:01 PM

    Anyone else feel like they’re trying to turn football into a reality tv show?

  6. longdrive2011 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:02 PM

    I’ll take thoughtful and thorough analysis over a couple of minutes or seconds jump on the news. Do viewers really clamour for this first at any cost? I think it is a myth perpetrated by those with a self interest in pushing harder, and who lack any creative will or skill to offer more.

  7. epmckenna says: Apr 18, 2012 7:03 PM

    If you want to know the pick, you’ll see it on Twitter before Goodell announces it anyway.

  8. melikefootball says: Apr 18, 2012 7:04 PM

    How about putting some suspense back into the game and allow the game to be played as designed…defense means something and I don’t mean FINES!!

  9. steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh says: Apr 18, 2012 7:04 PM

    The Steeler Nation is the pinnacle of existence and evolution. We are the ships in your ocean of tears. We truly apologize. Our shadow is so immense. We did not choose greatness, it chose us. But only because we allowed it. Whoa, so gracious. You are not appreciated, but we recognize your efforts.

  10. devildog911 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:05 PM

    Who cares? People will watch regardless.

  11. rajbais says: Apr 18, 2012 7:06 PM

    Stop showing the cell phone conversations that players have with teams!!!!

  12. peteynz says: Apr 18, 2012 7:06 PM

    The best draft moments are the unexpected ones. I still remember everyones shock when Jake Locker and Ponder were picked early in the first.

  13. sparty13 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:07 PM

    Am I the only person who really doesn’t care how I find out the pick? I really couldn’t care less whether I hear it from the commissioner, or an ESPN talking head.

  14. mmcdan133 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:07 PM

    They just need to stop watering the draft down. I want to wake up on saturday, and have the draft start at 11am. I want to be a bum and watch the first 3 rounds that day.

    As far as tipping off the picks… As long as you have 100 media guys who title themselves ‘draft gurus’, you’ll never get that to stop. If not on TV, they’ll litter twitter with their ‘inside scoop’, as if breaking the news 5 seconds before it’s announced makes them more credible or something.

  15. bwareromo says: Apr 18, 2012 7:07 PM

    Who care about Draft suspense, I dont care about being suprised when watching the draft.

  16. linvillegorge says: Apr 18, 2012 7:07 PM

    The time between draft picks isn’t for television value, it’s so that teams can’t evaluate their draft boards and discuss trades. Decrease the time between picks and draft day trades would virtually become extinct.

  17. staffordsyear says: Apr 18, 2012 7:07 PM

    I miss the old days when the draft started at 11:00am cst and there would be 3 rounds on saturday,the other 4 on sunday..i would get together with some buds and beer and make a day out of it on saturday..ah the good ol days.

  18. patsfan1275 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:08 PM

    I agree 100%

  19. packerman1968 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:08 PM

    You want suspense, Then have a lottery 1 hour before the draft, based on team record you get so many balls.

    Pick and let them scramble for a hour.

  20. tfbuckfutter says: Apr 18, 2012 7:09 PM

    Make it so that any team can challenge another team to Thunderdome for their pick, and if the challenging team loses, they lose their draft pick in that round, and their starting QB gets a finger on his throwing hand lopped off.

  21. rushbacker says: Apr 18, 2012 7:09 PM

    thatguywhoisactuallyamiamisportsfan says:
    Apr 18, 2012 7:00 PM
    Doesn’t take a genius to fix this problem. Ten minutes per pick in the first round is way too long. People can barely stand Kiper and McShay by the day of the draft, but then to have to listen them non-stop on the days of.

    Don’t teams have draft boards and know who they want in order of whatever happens anyway? Works for me in Fantasy.
    ___________

    Right. And we all know that it’s all about YOUR viewing pleasure, right? It’s not like the draft is an actual, working event. Who cares if teams need the time to consummate trades? YOUR convenience is what’s most important here! Good lord. . .

  22. suite34 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:09 PM

    Seriously, why kill the “And the winner is…” moment? I would suggest no cel phones in the green room and one camera showing all the players. This way, everyone will find out at the same time. How great would that have been when Brady Quinn was being drafted; seeing that faint glimmer of hope in his eyes dying out, pick after pick after pick after pick…

  23. sadskinsfan89 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:10 PM

    How bad does everyone think Goodell will be booooooooooddd?

  24. jjljr says: Apr 18, 2012 7:11 PM

    easy solution … do something with your kids, or take the wife out for dinner … do something, ANYTHING, except waste a perfectly good evening watching the stupid NFL draft.

    I love football as much as the next guy, and maybe even a lot more than the next guy, but the amount of press devoted to the NFL draft is unbelievable. NFL fans can’t possibly be so uncreative that the damn draft dominates their April. for crying out loud, people … when the games start, that deserves our precious time. and not until then.

  25. geo1113 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:14 PM

    If discerning the pick before the commissioner announces it is a buzz kill, you need a better buzz!

  26. tdk24 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:15 PM

    Get Michael Buffer to announce every pick. Or Jackie Moon from the Flint Tropics!

  27. sadskinsfan89 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:16 PM

    Thursday night football, the draft is on Thursdays now. Nfl just loves Thursdays.

  28. kingjoe1 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:17 PM

    I agree I like the suspense of the commish announcing it. Not showing the players would be good to start. The announcers value comes in after the pick.

    I like the thursday 1st round but come saturday no reason to watch.

  29. cuffhimbanano says: Apr 18, 2012 7:17 PM

    If there’s ever a good reason for reverting back to waiting for the commish to announce the pick before it’s known it is so that the viewing audience can collectively laugh when Jets fans collectively moan, groan, boo, and mouth “who?”

    People who need spoilers because they can’t wait 24 seconds get Twitter. Everyone else gets the commish.

  30. buckybadger says: Apr 18, 2012 7:18 PM

    I love the draft. I am a huge college football fan and to me its like watching their graduation. I usually know the names deep into the draft so for me its fun to see.

    I wish it was back on Saturday. It was always a day the gang would get together to have a BBQ, throw some horse shoes and argue what players each team should have taken. Now it is on Thursday which is no good for us. They ruined the event with that move IMO.

    In the end stop screwing with the draft. It isn’t suppose to be about entertainment but for the teams to improve themselves.

  31. buckybadger says: Apr 18, 2012 7:18 PM

    @jjljr , yet you are here commenting on it which is even a bigger waste of time.

  32. therealdmuls says: Apr 18, 2012 7:19 PM

    I’m pretty sure the NFL Draft is more popular than the World Series.

  33. buffnaked says: Apr 18, 2012 7:19 PM

    A draft prospect receiving the phone call confirming all their dreams are coming true is a great moment. I hope they don’t eliminate it.

    The easy solution would be just show the replay of the player getting the phone call.

  34. drewsg says: Apr 18, 2012 7:20 PM

    kilo0986 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:01 PM

    Anyone else feel like they’re trying to turn football into a reality tv show?
    —————

    The drama meter definitely has been pegged this off season

  35. bertilfox says: Apr 18, 2012 7:20 PM

    Just another opportunity for The Commish to make it about him. Here is an idea: have Kim Kardashian announce them. No one wants to see his self important keister up there, anyway. Maybe she can change outfits between picks and the wives at home can judge them while the husbands critique the picks themselves from the comfort of the couch. That way, I don’t get the mad face for all those hours it takes for this soap opera to unfold. The only loser in this scenario is the NFL Dict…, uh I mean, Commissioner.

  36. redskinsrt says: Apr 18, 2012 7:22 PM

    What makes you so certain that the fans would flock to the network that DIDN’T leak the pick?

  37. demolition510 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:22 PM

    Don’t let LaCanfora ruin it by announcing the pick!!!

  38. billsin20xx says: Apr 18, 2012 7:23 PM

    That cab driver from Buffalo who keeps tipping Berman off about the Bill’s pick has got to be getting old enough to retire by now I would think!

  39. guitarmaninks says: Apr 18, 2012 7:25 PM

    How about a special guest appearance by Roy Williams making a surprise horse-collar tackle on Goodell as he is about to announce the first pick. I would pay to see that.

  40. hawkforlife says: Apr 18, 2012 7:25 PM

    OK, first go back to Saturday, all day if you want, but spread out over different nights, what a joke. We’re football fans not American Idol fans. Second, do away with Chris Berman, the guy can’t shut up and has next to no knowledge. Third find a guy in the draft named Suspense cuz it will never happen any other way since every media hack has to be first with a scoop and take credit for it.

  41. nineroutsider says: Apr 18, 2012 7:26 PM

    @jjljr – This guy got it 100% correct and took the words out of my mouth or in this case fingers. I’d rather watch baseball, or hoops, hockey playoffs, or yes as suggested…spend time with the lady.

    I only watch the NFL on DVR now and never watch the pre, half, or post game reports (or commercials obviously). They are way over doing it now…

  42. mjkelly77 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:27 PM

    steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh says:Apr 18, 2012 7:04 PM

    The Steeler Nation is the pinnacle of existence and evolution. We are the ships in your ocean of tears. We truly apologize. Our shadow is so immense. We did not choose greatness, it chose us. But only because we allowed it. Whoa, so gracious. You are not appreciated, but we recognize your efforts.
    _____________________

    Awwww, you’re overcompensating now because of that butt ugly throwback jailhouse uniform the stealers are stuck with.

  43. thegame2love says: Apr 18, 2012 7:28 PM

    It’s about damn time; the insiders and the tv cameras in the homes have been a thorn in my side for years on draft day. For once, let the Commish be first to make the announcement. Hopefully, Jason LaConfora, Adam Schefter, Chris Mortenson, and all the other insiders who live to be first get the memo.

    Its okay to speculate, but it sucks when the networks try to steal the moment.

  44. phonecops says: Apr 18, 2012 7:29 PM

    I used to make a full day party of the draft. Now they made a one day party a 3 day marathon, So I stopped watching. Instead of 12-16 guys at my house on a saturday talking football in the off season, I go out on the town and red about in the papers the next day. If you want real drama and suspense, turn it back to 1 or 2 days and shut off all cell phones. That way only the clubs and the commish know ahead of time.

  45. saints25 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:30 PM

    Get rogers hand out of the cookie jar,an How about putting a Man as the NFL commish? an get that sissy out of football before he ruins it for all the fans!!!! Its coming folks

  46. packerman1968 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:31 PM

    easy solution … do something with your kids, or take the wife out for dinner … do something, ANYTHING, except waste a perfectly good evening watching the stupid NFL draft.

    I love football as much as the next guy, and maybe even a lot more than the next guy, but the amount of press devoted to the NFL draft is unbelievable. NFL fans can’t possibly be so uncreative that the damn draft dominates their April. for crying out loud, people … when the games start, that deserves our precious time. and not until then.

    ———————————————————–
    Where can we pick up your Man-card and your balls?

  47. 1historian says: Apr 18, 2012 7:33 PM

    What is the big deal?

  48. therantingbull says: Apr 18, 2012 7:35 PM

    How about moving the date up.

  49. 808raiderinparadise says: Apr 18, 2012 7:35 PM

    How about when its your teams pick you pull a name out of a hat …. of the 30 best players available at that point in time of the pick.

    and the last pick/Mr. Irrelevant comes from a hat full of the following names:

    T.O.
    Marcus Vick
    Sam Hurd
    Jamarcus Russell
    Ryan Leaf
    Charles Rogers
    Greg Williams

  50. pooflingingmonkey says: Apr 18, 2012 7:38 PM

    Put the top three rated players, regardless of position, in three big red boxes. Let the Colts pick a box… they get that player, who bursts out of the box with a flourish amid a shower of confetti! Add another player in a box, shuffle them, bring on the Redskins and let them pick a box. Lather, rinse, repeat. Andrew Luck could wind up playing for any of the 32 teams!

    Well, you said you wanted suspense. Hell, I’d pay to watch it this way.

  51. restitutororbis says: Apr 18, 2012 7:38 PM

    bertilfox says:
    Apr 18, 2012 7:20 PM

    That way, I don’t get the mad face for all those hours it takes for this soap opera to unfold.

    Haha. I know how that goes…..I also agree with an earlier poster: Back to Saturday and Sunday. That was a good format, and a good way to spend the weekend (even if it meant the mad face).

  52. psdaleno says: Apr 18, 2012 7:39 PM

    I swear, if the headline was “Snookie To Announce First Pick” I wouldn’t be suprised at all (Sadly, I’m not being sarcastic).

  53. wetpaperbag3 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:42 PM

    steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh says: Apr 18, 2012 7:04 PM

    The Steeler Nation is the pinnacle of existence and evolution. We are the ships in your ocean of tears. We truly apologize. Our shadow is so immense. We did not choose greatness, it chose us. But only because we allowed it. Whoa, so gracious. You are not appreciated, but we recognize your efforts.
    =================================

    By interjecting nonsensical drivel in a topic that has nothing to do with your aggrandizing of the Steelers, you oddly also forgot to mention that you and your precious self pretentious fandbase are proficient at fellating yourselves. Not because of length, but rather because you and your fanbase have no spine and thus can bend over with ease. Don’t forget to clean yourself up when you are done.

  54. zaggs says: Apr 18, 2012 7:45 PM

    NBA style. Worst 5 teams go into the lottery. Lottery gets pulled right before the first pick. Worst 5 teams can talk to any draftee, but luck determines the first pick.

  55. astrosfan75956 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:45 PM

    It’s a GREAT idea!

  56. judsonjr says: Apr 18, 2012 7:46 PM

    +1 to the guy who said move it back to Saturday.

    I’d venture to say that most of the west coast misses about 2 hours of the draft with the current starting time.

    I’ll leave work early for MNF when my team is playing, but I’ll pass on the draft.

    Sometimes it feels like David Stern is now running the NFL.

  57. briang123 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:49 PM

    Me and my boys used to curse the TV when Berman would say “maybe they’ll go with [fill in player] here” and every single time they picked exactly that guy. It was so phony. And Berman is beyond tired.

  58. jesse1834 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:50 PM

    5 minutes to select a pick. No showing the guys on their phones smiling. Holding it in a different city every year might be interesting. Giants and Jets fans tend to get annoying.

  59. themage78 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:52 PM

    They have about 5 minutes of watching the take a F*^&ing PHONE CALL!!!!!!!!!!! HOW IS THIS GOOD TV?!?!?!?! Seriously, let the Commish announce the pick, then cut to said draft pick (who is still on the phone) and maybe you actually do some reasons why that team picked them, etc etc.

    Also, I hate the fact when a team does a trade, it’s rarely announced what is given. I know you can’t get it instantly, but even later on in the broadcast it’d be nice.

    I think the whole showing college player #565524 taking a phone call ruins any suspense or interest. You have about 2 hours of that, and maybe an hour of commentary.

  60. granadafan says: Apr 18, 2012 7:52 PM

    Go back to Saturday! The only ones who care about the “scoop” are journalists who pat each other on the back. Most normal and rationale people can wait the 20 seconds before the commissioner announces the pick.

  61. wwwmattcom says: Apr 18, 2012 7:55 PM

    Get local media to comment. I am tired of universal hosts

  62. mungman69 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:59 PM

    Yes, back to Saturdays and Sundays.

  63. rezen73 says: Apr 18, 2012 8:00 PM

    When the draft was on Saturdays, my friends and I would throw a giant draft party. Beer, barbecue, the works – and have an entire day devoted to NFL football. It was an event.

    When the NFL errrrr Goodell decided to move it to primetime… meh. I haven’t seen a single round since.

    There’s no point. You can’t make it an all-day event, you can’t “party” (well, those of us with jobs/SO’s can’t), all you get is an hour or two of crappy programming filled with commercials and incorrect draft predictions. At least when it was on Saturday you could have a proper barbecue and enjoy the company of your friends for an entire day discussing anything & everything about the draft without disrupting work and/or days of plans with your SO.

    Now, the draft starts on Thursday. For 1 round. Just when the going gets good, the NFL gets going… to bed. And of course it’s during the most important time to spend with the family (prime time AFTER WORK). Then on Friday, we get another 2 rounds. Again during the most important time of day to spend with the family (prime time AFTER WORK). Finally, on Saturday, we get rounds 4-7… which used to be on Sunday. Yeah, I’m really going to convince my wife to let me have /*three*/ days of hanging with the boys to watch/discuss the draft? I avoid the entire draft now on principle alone. Speak with your wallet (and TV), I say.

    Over the past few months, I’ve begun to think more and more that Goodell has been terrible for the sport of football. Going to ridiculous lengths to “improve” player safety, feebly attempting to protect the NFL “image”, attempting to coerce collusion, inconsistently applying “rules” … People with at least two brain cells can see through the BS (e.g. Florio has posted several times about the NFL not wanting to see how far the rabbit hole goes with regard to the bounty situation).

    In the end, the NFL is an escape from reality, and Goodell is inadvertently (or worse – intentionally) doing everything in his power to diminish it as much as possible. Hell, there’s harder hits and more physical play allowed in Ice Hockey and Rubgy than in NFL football these days. *shakes head in embarrassment*

    Bring back the Saturday draft and stop trying to turn football into FLAG football! Players know full and well that playing FOOTBALL is dangerous and they knowingly put their bodies at risk… for far more money than 99% of Americans earn. Like in the Bad News Bears… LET THEM PLAY!

  64. mungman69 says: Apr 18, 2012 8:02 PM

    To that Stealer fan: You sure you’re not a Cowgirl fan in drag?

  65. smichalkowski says: Apr 18, 2012 8:05 PM

    Make the whole thing a lottery. Have the teams rate all the draft eligible players a week before so we know what round each player is slotted to be in; e.g. top 32 will be 1st rounders, and so on. Each team picks lottery style using the normal draft order. After each round is done, in like 15-20 minutes, give them 20 minutes to trade who they just picked for whatever they can get in return. Repeat the processes for each round.

  66. seanx40 says: Apr 18, 2012 8:14 PM

    Change the draft back to 1 day. 5 hrs total. The first weekend of April/last weekend of March, before baseball starts. Saturday at 12 noon.

    1st rd-Teams have 2 minutes. Teams already have their choice determined months before.
    2nd rd-5 minutes between pick.
    3rd rd-5 minutes.
    4th-7th-7 minutes.

    10 minute breaks bet rounds for commercials and to have Mel Kiper babble.

  67. rando74 says: Apr 18, 2012 8:17 PM

    This is good for the first two rounds. Keep it quiet and it will be more exciting. After that, nobody gives a crud anyway so let em just announce it.

  68. arlingtonsynn says: Apr 18, 2012 8:17 PM

    Here’s one:

    -Randomly during the draft, some team is forced to fire their D Coordinator and replace him with a suddenly suspension free Gregg Williams.

    Gregg will of course use a briefcase to smack Godell over the head to set up the next pay per view.

    Could always up the suspension by announcing the Saints’ suspensions every 2 picks or so.

  69. silverhornet says: Apr 18, 2012 8:18 PM

    Can we get this Steeler idiot banned for trolling?

    Anyway, what the NFL should do is open an audio feed to the picks as they are announced live. If you want to listen to the picks only, go to their website, and open the audio stream. This would be great for rounds two and on especially since the media doesn’t cover those picks “live.”

  70. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 18, 2012 8:28 PM

    Just have the teams make a few fake phone calls. Or do it two picks before they are going to take a guy. So he is high fiving all the relatives out in Dead End Flats, even though he isn’t going to get picked for 20 minutes. While the guy who is the actual next pick doesn’t find out until Roger announces it.

  71. waltdawg says: Apr 18, 2012 8:33 PM

    Cut off Jim Irsay’s Twitter finger with a cigar cutter right when they announce the first pick.

    That oughta help out with a lot of issues.

  72. rooneyruleblues says: Apr 18, 2012 8:37 PM

    Goodell ruined years of tradition by moving and spreading out the draft. Gone are the Saturday All Day draft parties. What a joke.

    Goodell will change football till its unrecognizable. Along with the Ugly new AFC and NFC Champion trophies that look like bent sheet metal.

  73. gdfbar says: Apr 18, 2012 8:43 PM

    I agree with the people that want it moved back to Saturday. Nobody cares about Roger getting his stupid moment on stage, we care about the draft parties that he took from us. Used to be we had one sacred day in the off season to get together with friends and talk football. What kind of person with any sort of social obligations can cross off both Thursday and Friday night, and spend all of Saturday watching too? Nobody can. Now, I watch the 1st round alone, and spend Friday night sneaking away from my wife for a few minutes at a time to check on recent picks. By Saturday, the draft has gone too deep to really get enough interest for people to get together for any type of party, so I sit and watch that by myself too. Roger ruined the draft, not the media letting cats out of bags.

  74. thefiesty1 says: Apr 18, 2012 8:54 PM

    It would be better if the talking heads (Berman, Kiper, et al) stopped guessing who is being picked and then talk about WHY someone was picked at that particular place after the pick AND eliminate that stupid crawl at the bottom of the screen showing the same picks over and over that happened two hours ago.

  75. lostsok says: Apr 18, 2012 9:00 PM

    I agree with several others: moving the draft to Thursday was a HORRIBLE idea. People want to drink with a pile of draft notes and magazines around their slowly deteriorating body until they pass out from exhaustion after seven hours.

    The draft is too easy on the viewer now. We need an excruciating Hell that is almost beyond human endurance.

    We’re football fans dammit!

  76. t16rich says: Apr 18, 2012 9:02 PM

    Simple. Let them bring their entourages and wait for all hell to break loose.

  77. bigdan7885 says: Apr 18, 2012 9:02 PM

    Suspense? Two words: LAND MINES

  78. honolulublue says: Apr 18, 2012 9:05 PM

    Get the old Bulls pa announcer Ray Clay to announce the 1st round.

  79. jmsincla says: Apr 18, 2012 9:13 PM

    I watched this ‘talking picture’ called ‘The Hunger Games’ maybe all of the owners should be forced into hand-to-hand combat pre-draft, results determine draft order? Maybe # of losses can determine how many inches long said owners knife can be?

  80. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 18, 2012 9:13 PM

    The Michael Buffer concept would be an option. More realistically, aside for moving it back to Saturday, what could be done, in the first round at least, is to have mikes in each teams’ war rooms. And for the first minute of each pick, let the viewers at home listen to the discussions taking place by each team.

  81. smodelrsx says: Apr 18, 2012 9:22 PM

    Great idea I agree! The draft on Thursday night is also a great idea. Stop b!tching

  82. sdiegosteel says: Apr 18, 2012 9:24 PM

    Just in case the suits at ESPN and NFL Network read this board – - this is my number one complaint about the draft by far. I’ll flip back and forth between the channels for the first eight picks – - whichever channel doesn’t spoil the pick most often will be whom I’ll watch the rest of the draft. No cut aways to guys on cell phones, no shots from players’ homes before they’ve been picked, and no Schefter/LaCanfora!!!

  83. afreak2u says: Apr 18, 2012 9:30 PM

    Take it off the air let people hear about it the next day

  84. oreo51 says: Apr 18, 2012 9:30 PM

    Greed kills everything. Three days of Kiper is way too much. I am tired of someone telling me who will be picked prior to the pick. Kiper is the least relevant draft authority around. Let’s try post pick analysis instead of spoiling the suspense.

  85. jmsincla says: Apr 18, 2012 9:33 PM

    rezen73-

    It CAN’T be stated better! I wanted to stand up and applaud after reading that!

  86. garyman1 says: Apr 18, 2012 9:37 PM

    Every once in awhile after they call out a players name, have them walk out onto the stage and then yell out:
    FOOLED YOU….

  87. commanderroman says: Apr 18, 2012 9:41 PM

    I wonder if PFT had camerea access in there like NFL, ESPN, and NFL Network if would you be saying the same thing?

  88. 4evrnyt says: Apr 18, 2012 9:41 PM

    Two years ago this was at it’s worst. Not only did you have players on their phone in the green room but you had about half a dozen cameras in players houses that also showed them getting ‘the call’ before the commissioner read the name but they had Lombardi miked up and before each pick they’d go to him and he’d say who he heard the pick was.

    Last year it wasn’t as bad as they removed Lombardi and the home shots. Not showing the player on the phone will also help.

  89. raidadon says: Apr 18, 2012 9:45 PM

    The draft is this Saturday?

  90. dirtierwater says: Apr 18, 2012 9:45 PM

    My suggestion: Instead of picking players first to last, start with Mr Irrelevant and continue backwards. And add a drum-roll leading up to each pick.

    And dancing girls. Topless.

  91. csszrr says: Apr 18, 2012 9:46 PM

    Stiller fans…worst in the league.

    @rezen. You got it exactly right brother. Every year we would put out the spread and have christmas in april. Now that i live out of town we can take advantage of the weekend but in reality not happy with the format.

    Also by splitting up the draft over 3 days instead of 2 it would seem that you do not see such hasty picks. Have not decided whether that is a good thing or a bad thing.

  92. jerrycola says: Apr 18, 2012 9:47 PM

    I hate that the draft is on Thursday through Sunday. Have it all day on the weekend, this what the fans want. Instead the NFL (are you listening Roger?) only thinks about themselves and how to make more money.

  93. clayformvp says: Apr 18, 2012 9:53 PM

    It’s quite obvious what the fans want! Admit the whole Primetime Gig was a big mistake! Move the draft back to Saturday!

  94. dolphins4 says: Apr 18, 2012 9:57 PM

    They can fix the problem by leting Andy Reid draft for every team.

  95. bluefan204 says: Apr 18, 2012 9:59 PM

    Stay off the phone, stay off the internet, and mute the sound on your TV. Most of your problems have been solved

    You’re welcome

  96. xtutx says: Apr 18, 2012 10:01 PM

    I agree with this being a problem. There is ADHD and then there is Draft ADHD, for those that have to know 30 seconds prior to the official announcements. So their little knowledge monster is 30 seconds better then yours.

    The annoucement of the pick should be the first time the world really knows.

  97. christhefish says: Apr 18, 2012 10:11 PM

    Only allow two football analysts to talk live during the draft. Joe Theisman and Chris Collinsworth. Now, everyone will turn down the volume while these guys are jabbering on about whatever, and then turn up the volume when the commish steps up.

  98. jimmylions says: Apr 18, 2012 10:14 PM

    “Fans would surely flock to the network that decides on its own to defer to the Commissioner”

    That’s nonsense. This is like saying news junkies who follow elections would flock to a network that doesn’t project results.

    Also, the league can’t blackout reporters from speaking to draft prospects or reporting from a prospect’s home — First Amendment makes it illegal to make those kind of restrictions on the news.

    How about … leave the draft alone and let it serve it’s purpose? Put more effort into helping these kids smoothly transition into living in a media circus and trying to manage more money than they can count (looking at Wonderlic scores, more money than they can count is no exaggeration).

    You want higher ratings during the draft? Do a split screen with cheerleaders playing volleyball. That’s no more exploitative than paying guys to get broken limbs, spinal injuries, and concussions.

  99. david5588 says: Apr 18, 2012 10:16 PM

    easy solution … do something with your kids, or take the wife out for dinner … do something, ANYTHING, except waste a perfectly good evening watching the stupid NFL draft.

    I love football as much as the next guy, and maybe even a lot more than the next guy, but the amount of press devoted to the NFL draft is unbelievable. NFL fans can’t possibly be so uncreative that the damn draft dominates their April. for crying out loud, people … when the games start, that deserves our precious time. and not until then

    ____________________________________

    Are you not a man? Go take your wife out? My wife will be watching TV in the guest room while I veg on the couch and watch it on my 55 in TV. I hope you were joking…

  100. whoknowsnothing says: Apr 18, 2012 10:18 PM

    Have the players decide what team they want to go to on draft day, lol.

    Anyways in order to make the draft more suspenseful is to not allow teams any contact with the players thee days before the draft and only allow teams to interact with players after they are selected.

  101. nygchamps says: Apr 18, 2012 10:23 PM

    Simple Put it back on All day saturday and sunday, it allowed my freinds and family to get together with all our draft books and papers out and make a weekend out of it. Now we have to wait till 1130 at night for just one pick and be tired for work on friday. Goodell is all about the money and not the fan, he is the most hypocrital commisoner in sports, and runs the nfl in a communist fassion after what he has done to players from fines, and taking hitting out of the game, and what he has done to sean payton not allowing him to even say hello , the do what i say or you are done approach is flat out communist. I am not a saints fan so i just say as i see it.

  102. daffy87 says: Apr 18, 2012 10:24 PM

    Stop letting the television stations show the guys on their phones before the pick is announced. It takes all the suspense out when 30 seconds before the commissioner walks out on stage we already know who he’s going to announce.

  103. mcjon22 says: Apr 18, 2012 10:25 PM

    You could just have NFL Network or ESPN do the draft instead of both networks. That way they don’t feel the need to ‘one up’ eachother. Also, move the draft back to Saturday!

  104. goodfieldnohit says: Apr 18, 2012 10:31 PM

    It’s April. I can’t think of many things more boring than watching the NFL draft.

    Maybe soccer.

  105. sonnyboychris says: Apr 18, 2012 10:55 PM

    Who the hell really cares….?

  106. kokomike says: Apr 18, 2012 11:35 PM

    Limit the amount of time the drafting team can talk to the player on the phone to 15 seconds. They should say “Congrats. We are drafting you. We’ll see you right after the pic.”. Then, announce the pick immediately. Sure, the media could still get the scoop by 10 seconds, but that is a lot better than the minute or two or more now. The point is more of the emotion would be at the moment of the pick.

    We wouldn’t be stuck watching some guy just listening on the phone, as we say to ourselves, “Go ahead and make the pick. This is boring.”

  107. johnnyb216 says: Apr 18, 2012 11:42 PM

    Put it back to Saturday. I am actually considering going to the club and getting laid rather than watching tv for 4 hours to find out 1 pick my team made.

  108. thegame2love says: Apr 18, 2012 11:45 PM

    No one cuts in on the Emmys, Oscars, or Grammys to announce the winner before its done at the podium, keep it on Twitter.

  109. detroitcityryda says: Apr 18, 2012 11:55 PM

    With the third pick the detroit kions select Mel kipper jrs hair .break it down Mel 👊👊😰

  110. shlort says: Apr 19, 2012 12:01 AM

    What is a buzz kill is the fact that the number 1 and number 2 picks are probably already signed and it still takes the NFL the whole clock to announce the picks. How about keeping people interested by cutting the clock to 5 minutes a pick in all round?. That will keep people watching.

    Teams have their draft boards all set up and they probably all look about the same, depending on 1st priority need. They know exactly who they will select in every round as soon as it is their turn. The NFL wants to add suspense by telling teams to wait the full clock to make the picks. It is all BS.

    Personally, I only look at the draft every hour or so when it is on TV. You arent going to miss anything but a bunch of BS by not watching it, and if you do miss something? It will be rerun over and over all night between picks. 5 hours of draft and 5 minutes of excitement.

  111. gnutella0 says: Apr 19, 2012 12:31 AM

    Here’s how I’d fix the NFL Draft:

    1. Revert to the old format, with Rounds 1-3 on Saturday and Rounds 4-7 on Sunday. That way people can actually make plans around the draft, and the ratings will be solid.

    2. The timing for each draft pick should be 12 minutes in the first round, eight minutes in the second round, and four minutes in the remaining rounds. This would shorten the draft by nearly three hours compared to the current seven minutes in the second round and five minutes in the third through seventh rounds.

    3. No networks at the players’ houses, period.

  112. atlazaro says: Apr 19, 2012 12:47 AM

    Bring it back to Saturday!!! I know previous comments have already mentioned this, but it can’t be said enough till it happens!

  113. bronc24 says: Apr 19, 2012 12:51 AM

    Yup ,total downer ,not worth watching, No suspence

  114. lightofkolob says: Apr 19, 2012 1:00 AM

    I miss the draft starting Saturday morning. The new format ruined my family tradition. I want ALL of my off day to go to watching the ENTIRE draft

  115. gobills716 says: Apr 19, 2012 1:05 AM

    I know it’s a cardinal sin to openly support ESPN on this website but I’ve always enjoyed when Berman’s “cabby tip” beats the commissioner to the punch. Maybe it’s a Buffalo thing…he’ll be spot on when he picks BILLS-9ERS in New Orleans this February. The 90s are back and so are the buffalo bills. See y’all in the big Easy

  116. trubroncfan07 says: Apr 19, 2012 1:16 AM

    They should have never moved the draft to Thursday night, just another mistake Goodell has made trying to fix what is not broken.

  117. sackbombs says: Apr 19, 2012 1:37 AM

    @nygchamps
    You obviously have no idea what communism is.

  118. rushbacker says: Apr 19, 2012 1:48 AM

    And in case you NFL bozos didn’t hear it the first time, move the first day back to Saturday!

    Come on, Florio, here’s a cause actually worth supporting. . . get a poll fired up.

  119. robatopia says: Apr 19, 2012 1:57 AM

    Back to Saturday, please! I truly enjoyed listening to it on the radio while getting something done. Until then, I will continue to abstain from any live observation of the NFL Draft in any format.

  120. chawk12thman says: Apr 19, 2012 2:06 AM

    Can’t wait for it to start.

    A great part of the draft is the unexpected pick being sold by the analysts trying to convince us that they knew or felt it was coming, but it is obvious they didn’t see it coming………

  121. calbsure says: Apr 19, 2012 2:19 AM

    Have the young ladies of the Lingerie Football League walk the picks up to the podium in full uniform and announce them.

  122. hbdbrowns33 says: Apr 19, 2012 3:14 AM

    steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh says:
    Apr 18, 2012 7:04 PM
    The Steeler Nation is the pinnacle of existence and evolution. We are the ships in your ocean of tears. We truly apologize. Our shadow is so immense. We did not choose greatness, it chose us. But only because we allowed it. Whoa, so gracious. You are not appreciated, but we recognize your efforts.

    And by WE you mean you’ve never step foot on a football field in your life.

  123. alamba78 says: Apr 19, 2012 3:49 AM

    The NFL should consult LeBron James.

  124. jaylord40 says: Apr 19, 2012 5:19 AM

    How about ask the teams not to contact their draftee until the commish announces the selection.

  125. bucfaninil says: Apr 19, 2012 5:21 AM

    Easiest way… Have it end of March… No reason it needs to be in April nowadays

  126. audient says: Apr 19, 2012 6:29 AM

    Getting to see a phone call to the player — that’s a good thing! That extends the drama — we think we know who is being picked, and then the commissioner goes to the podium and confirms it.

    Ever hear of foreplay?

  127. deathtoromo says: Apr 19, 2012 7:47 AM

    Hate ESPN. Berman badly needs to go away. Nfl Network blows them away on all aspects of coverage with the exception of starting rumors for their own gain. Would love to see a comparison of Mayocks analysis vs Kipers. Bet Mayock is more accurate.

  128. EJ says: Apr 19, 2012 8:05 AM

    The biggest drawback of the draft is not the quick revealing of the pick, its the day it takes place. Why can’t they move it back to Saturday? I don’t understand why they moved it in the first place, It never made any sense.

  129. m2karateman says: Apr 19, 2012 8:08 AM

    stop inviting players to the draft, and stop sending camera crews to the houses of different prospects.

    TADA!!

  130. jmc000 says: Apr 19, 2012 8:11 AM

    Two words.

    Draft. Lottery.

    Teams pick their numbers an an hour or two before the draft starts. The order will be the same for the 2nd & 3rd round as well. Round 4-7 is based on record.

    Rookie contracts are the lowest they have been in years. There would be more trades.

    I just hate the whole you had the worst record so you get the first pick.

    Not that teams tank or anything but this would end any discussion that teams are playing for the 1st pick.

  131. exboomer says: Apr 19, 2012 8:22 AM

    I hate how ESPN (I don’t get NFLN) does this every year. It ruins the draft for me and I turn it off once my team’s 1st rd pick has been announced. It’s to bad that both networks are so clueless about how badly this affects their coverage.

  132. heygfy says: Apr 19, 2012 8:27 AM

    Agree with a couple posts on here. 1 – move it back to Saturdays. My friends and I used to make that an event. We still get together and watch round one but…it’s not the all day pizza / drinking fest it used to be. We then have to turn around and go into work Friday, and those of us that work later shifts miss a good chunk of round 2. All of us watched every pick of the first few rounds on Saturdays.

    Next – I agree the draft needs to be moved into March, or at least early April. I’m a huge football fan, but I can’t spend another second thinking about this thing. I’ve played 1,000 scenarios for my team over and over in my head and my brain has had enough. I’ve gone from “can’t wait!” to “just get this over with already.” This feeling has to be 1,000 times worse for the players too.

  133. savocabol1 says: Apr 19, 2012 8:32 AM

    Easy way to fix this, stop inviting players to the draft. I remember when only a handful of players are invited. Now a bus load goes.

    As a fan, I don’t give a crap to see a player shake hands and hold up a fake jersey with the commish on draft day. No players allowed at the draft.

  134. tundey says: Apr 19, 2012 8:34 AM

    Put it on radio only :)

  135. Herb Deluxe says: Apr 19, 2012 8:49 AM

    @steelersaresuperior….
    Stop trying to fancy yourself a wordsmith. You are embarrassing both yourself and other Pittsburgh fans with your pseudo-erudite nonsense. No one is impressed.

  136. taintedsaints2009 says: Apr 19, 2012 9:09 AM

    put it back on Saturday.

  137. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Apr 19, 2012 9:19 AM

    MOVE IT TO LONDON!!!!

  138. yambag says: Apr 19, 2012 9:31 AM

    The draft USED to be something to look foward to. A great weekend talking football with friends while indulging in bad food and drinking too much. Now it’s something I try to watch for a couple of minutes on a weeknight after a full day of work. What a joke! And Goodell has the nerve to tell us that moving the draft was “for the fans”. It’s pure greed, as always. You’re not fooling everyone Commissioner.

  139. hammerjacker says: Apr 19, 2012 9:31 AM

    Doesnt help when you invite TWENTY SIX players to the draft, thats what ruins it the most, that and the video feeds to players houses. Obviously if you can see them on the phone and their reaction, there IS NO suspense. I miss the days when it was just 5 or 6 guys attending the draft and NO webcam feeds.

  140. steelerfanjo says: Apr 19, 2012 10:49 AM

    Simple… Fire Goodell. Don’t let ESPN have anythign to do with it. 3 Minutes in the 1st rd.

  141. bigperm33 says: Apr 19, 2012 11:01 AM

    Man i hate the NFL sometimes. Not everything you do has to be this major dramatic event. It is a football draft. I don’t care about hearing Roger Goodell say it first. are people tuning away because someone other than Roger Goodell said first who the pick was? This isn’t reality tv, it isn’t survivor. it is an nfl draft, and it is great tv to see the emotion of players getting that phone call. so, we can’t see that because roger’s feelings are hurt that someone said who the pick was before he did?

    And nfl, if you are going to have this on two networks, and over several days, you can’t then complain that people covering the draft over these days want to do their job.

  142. phinfan says: Apr 19, 2012 11:06 AM

    Let Cam Cameron pick players for every team.

  143. kayakattack says: Apr 19, 2012 11:15 AM

    the draft should be held in secret, no team can know another teams pick, they will only see who has been taken. after all the picks have been selected there will be a selection show, where each 1st round player is shown off, do a little dance or whatever they decide to do. the Draft show will go faster, everyone will get their moment and the media can stay out of the actual draft process ….

    The tipping has got to stop regardless … oh I’m sure Mayock knew all along the Jags would take Alualu in ’10 and the Titans were taking Locker last season.. Oh yeah I believe that, I’m soo impressed that he just is soo clairvoyant!

  144. lovetron says: Apr 19, 2012 11:26 AM

    @sparty13: “Am I the only person who really doesn’t care how I find out the pick? I really couldn’t care less whether I hear it from the commissioner, or an ESPN talking head.”

    They call it a “spoiler” for a reason. The draft is an event, and many people still enjoy the drama and the build-up.

  145. r8r4lif says: Apr 19, 2012 12:01 PM

    Have you noticed the common complaint?
    Starting the draft on Thursday was a horrible idea in the first place. Saturday for me was a tailgating party in the driveway with the draft on the projection screen in the garage. All of my football friends would come over for the annual event. My wife was actually ok with it. Now I mow the lawn instead. Hey Goodell, if it ain’t broke…break it – if you think you can make more money doing it your way. You’re sucking the fun right out of the NFL (No Fun League).

  146. mrgdawg says: Apr 19, 2012 1:18 PM

    i agree, Bring back the Saturday marathon.

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