Draft will be televised by FOX

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Several years ago, the NFL moved the draft to Thursday night in an effort to generate prime-time viewership. Starting this year, the NFL plans to take it the rest of the way, generating prime-time broadcast-network viewership.

Per multiple sources, the draft will be televised by FOX.

It’s believed FOX will carry a simulcast of the NFL Network feed, with ESPN continuing to televise the event on its own.

Last year, a separate source told PFT that the league already had the ability to place the draft on a broadcast network, hinting that it would be the next logical step in making the draft a bigger and better event. The league drew rave reviews for choosing Philadelphia as the destination, with more than 70,000 fans showing up for the first night.

This year, the draft will be held in Dallas, and the crowd surely will be even larger. The TV audience definitely will be; events carried on channels available through the public airwaves always do better than events televised on cable.

38 responses to “Draft will be televised by FOX

  1. And with the Second pick in the 2018 NFL draft the NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS SELECT Saquon Barkley running back Penn State University

  2. “This year, the draft will be held in Dallas, and the crowd surely will be even larger”

    What makes you think the crowd would be larger in Dallas? You realize Philly in centrally located between NYC and Baltimore/DC? I can almost guarantee that the draft will not be close to what Philadelphia put on last year. It’s a joke that Chicago got back to back years, and neither were all that great. Yet Philadelphia gets boned after one year when it was a clear better host.

  3. Always great to see Baker Mayfield in real-time. Cleveland/Mr. Jackson, use that No.4 pick on this kid, you won’t regret it.

  4. How can you say that the Dallas draft will be larger than the Philly draft? Eagles fans are hardcore. Cowboys fans could learn a thing or two from them.

  5. Bill Burr said it best. Watching the NFL draft is like going to a high school graduation where you don’t know any of the students. The results are all right there in a list the next day.

  6. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    And with the Second pick in the 2018 NFL draft the NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS SELECT Saquon Barkley running back Penn State University
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    The NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS have a 200-year-old quarterback and a sieve masquerading as an offensive line. Any GM that tries to fix that by using the No. 2 overall pick on a running back deserves whatever disasters befall him or his team.

  7. ESPN segment on tonight’s SportsCenter: Did you know…that 6 times the city that hosted the draft has also had the Super Bowl champions the same year? Then a 15 minute conversation with some slob about why the Cowboys could win it this year.

  8. bootguy says:
    February 14, 2018 at 4:00 pm
    PLEASE Fox , don’t let Joe Buck ANYWHERE NEAR the building !!!!
    ________________________________________________________

    While listening to him on a game might drive you crazy, this format might be good…I’ve heard him on Stern a few times and he has been very entertaining and quick witted. As Steve From Florida would say…off the cuff.

  9. Since the draft will be at Jeruh world…wouldn’t it actually be in Arlington, Texas..home of the Arlington cowboys. The 2018 draft will not be anywhere close to what Philadelphia did.

  10. Will Joe Buck be there with his “Hall Of Fame Quarterback Troy Akeman” or will he show up without his “Hall Of Fame Quarterback Troy Akeman”.
    My friends and I play a drinking game where every time we hear Buck say, “Hall Of Fame Quarterback Troy Akeman” we take a drink.
    No one has made it to the end of the football game.

  11. Fox, eh.
    Some of those picks are gonna get hacked by the Rooskies. You pay them off they’ll send you to Foxboro. You make them mad you wind up in Cleveland.

  12. Can’t wait to hear “The Dallas Cowboys would like to congratulate the Super Bowl winning Philadelphia Eagles.” Kind of ironic after how they “trolled” Eagles fans last year in Philadelphia making their selection…..

  13. The best thing about the draft being in Dallas will be this announcement:
    With the 32nd pick in the 2018 NFL draft the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles select…
    Especially if they show Jerry’s face.

  14. Unless theyre serving Wine and Cheese or some type of hipster suspenders, Cowboys fans aint showing up.

  15. And with the Second pick in the 2018 NFL draft the NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS SELECT Saquon Barkley running back Penn State University
    ==

    The NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS have a 200-year-old quarterback and a sieve masquerading as an offensive line. Any GM that tries to fix that by using the No. 2 overall pick on a running back deserves whatever disasters befall him or his team.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++
    So you draft a Darnold or Rosen at #2? No way. You take Barkley with an experienced QB and work on the offensive line in free agency and draft to win now. 4 teams have drafted a running back with a top 10 pick the last 3 years. 3 of those teams made the playoffs this year and the 4th being Dallas would had if Zeke didn’t get suspended 6 games.

  16. Centrally located between Baltimore & NYC…..what’s that got to do w/anything what-so-ever?
    I am certain that it has zero to do w/crowd size.
    There are a number of cities, in this country, that have ravenous football fans, and would easily pack an arena, or auditorium, over draft weekend.

  17. seabreezes51 says:
    February 14, 2018 at 6:49 pm
    And with the 32nd pick in the 2019 NFL draft the NFL champion Philadelphia Eagles select……
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    Why is it that teams that win one

    seabreezes51 says:
    February 14, 2018 at 6:49 pm
    And with the 32nd pick in the 2019 NFL draft the NFL champion Philadelphia Eagles select……
    =====
    Why is it that fans from teams like the Eagles, after 57 years of futility, make it sound like they’re a dynasty? Only the Cowboys, 49’ers, Packers or Steelers can make that claim. And, yes, that excludes Vikings’ fans.

  18. “So if I want to boycott ESPN I can watch it on FOX instead?”

    Well, you can, but I hope you’re just trolling folks and understand that absolutely no one knows or cares if any individual is “boycotting” ESPN. ESPN doesn’t care, its advertisers don’t care. If you’re not a Nielsen household no one else will ever know.

    The only thing people’s boycotts are good for is making them feel good about themselves for accomplishing absolutely nothing.

  19. I get it that there is an anti espn attitude….some things they do puzzle me also.
    That being said they pay the NFL 1.9 Billion a year to televise a mediocre mnf schedule.
    Now they have to share the draft and face the loss of their wildcard playoff game.
    The nfl seems to be telling espn that they don’t care about them.
    So who is the sucker that is going to pay the 1.9 B a year when espn informs the nfl in the next round of negotiations that they are not interested in renewing.
    Whether you love them or hate them, espn has been a great partner and the amount of espn wall to wall nfl coverage is amazing………not a good way to treat a good partner for about 25 years now.

  20. Not sure what is gonna piss Jerry Jones off more, hearing the Eagles announced as Super Bowl Champions or having to hear how much better the draft was when it was held in Philly.

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