FOX will televise draft for five years

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The draft is coming to FOX. For at least five years, according to John Ourand of SportsBusiness Journal.

The duration hardly is coincidental; FOX recently secured the rights to Thursday Night Football for the next five years. Per Ourand, the price for televising the draft is built into the overall price paid by FOX for the TNF rights.

FOX will simulcast NFL Network’s Thursday, consisting of the first round, and Friday coverage, which includes rounds two and three. It’s unclear what will happen on Saturday for rounds four through seven. Per Ourand, FOX has commitments for the third day of the 2018 draft, and it may not be able to adjust them.

FOX will co-produce the event with NFL Network.

As noted by Ourand, ESPN becomes the clear loser here, with a three-letter broadcast network now attracting millions of eyeballs that otherwise would watch the four-letter network that has been televising the draft for decade.

NFL Network had been grabbing a bigger and bigger share of the total draft audience, maxing out at 33 percent in 2017. ESPN’s share will surely drop well below 67 percent with FOX now pumping out the NFLN feed.

18 responses to “FOX will televise draft for five years

  1. Good, if we could get Monday Night Football off ESPN we could
    eliminate Ever turning to ESPN, They’re unwatchable.
    Their production and liberal slant on everything makes it
    the last choice of sports viewing.

  2. Haven’t watched ESPN in over 10 years.

    As a cord cutter, guess I’ll get to watch the draft again. Other than going to it in Philly, it’s been a while.

  3. “Good, if we could get Monday Night Football off ESPN we could eliminate ever turning to ESPN”.

    There was no need for you to turn to ESPN for the draft, you could have watched it on the NFL Network for several years now.

  4. As a football nerd, I enjoy the combine and the draft almost as much as the season. Good news. Now if we can give MNF back to the working class people, I’d think we’d have something.

  5. The NFL should have broken up the NFL Network/ESPN monopoly long ago, at least to offer an over-the-air alternative.

    With audience numbers showing erosion, they should make every playoff game, every championship game, draft, combine etc. available to watch anywhere in the country with rabbit ear antennae or Aunt Lucy’s wire hanger.

  6. FOX has taken the biggest hit in these days of ALL TV ratings falling. I can’t blame them for grabbing the most watched sport on the current market…

  7. I don’t see why anyone would claim that this will steal “millions of eyeballs away from ESPN”. More likely, ESPN will lose some of its share of the draft’s TV audience because having it shown on FOX will increase the total audience for the draft, rather than divert it away.

  8. I don’t like ESPN anymore. And I despise anything Fox to the depths of my being. So I am done with the NFL Draft forever. And the NFL itself is barely igniting interest with me anymore. And I have been an avid NFL fan since the 1960’s.

  9. There was no need for you to turn to ESPN for the draft, you could have watched it on the NFL Network for several years now.

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    Not if you’ve cut the cord!

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