Report: ESPN won’t televise player draft parties with sponsorships/logos

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ESPN is messin’ with Sasquatch.

Plenty of people make plenty of money via the draft. The players, however, will have a harder time doing so.

Darren Rovell of TheActionNetwork.com reports that ESPN has informed agents that it will not televise images of a player from his home or a draft party “if there is a sponsorship/brand logo anywhere within the camera’s path.” While the report doesn’t mention NFL Network, it’s safe to assume that the same considerations would prompt the league-owned media outlet to take the same approach.

Plenty of players opt to avoid the draft, and instead to stage a party that potentially includes names and logos of sponsors. Two years ago, for example, defensive end Charles Harris wore a Jack Link’s Beef Jerky T-shirt as he got the call from the Dolphins in round one, while a guy in a bigfoot costume randomly celebrated in the background.

The real question is whether ESPN will make good on its vow. After spending the money to send a reporter and a crew to, for example, Dwayne Haskins‘ bowling party, would ESPN actually kill the video feed because Haskins is wearing an Old Spice T-shirt, like he was during Monday’s #PFTPM interview?

I suggested earlier this week during a visit with my West Virginia brother Pat McAfee that players should demand appearance fees for attending the draft, and that if they aren’t getting paid to be there they should ensconce themselves in sponsorship logos. Everyone else connected to the production of the draft is getting paid. The real stars of the ultimate reality show’s ultimate reality show should be getting paid, too.

43 responses to “Report: ESPN won’t televise player draft parties with sponsorships/logos

  1. Man I still laugh at that Draft photo of Ryan Fitzpatrick before he started trimming his beard.

  2. Per Florio: “players should demand appearance fees for attending the draft, and that if they aren’t getting paid to be there they should ensconce themselves in sponsorship logos.”

    Why? They are getting exposure which in turn may help them get sponsors later. Furthermore, except for when they are at the draft, they can wear the logos – as I assume they are getting covered while they are in town for the draft by various other news outlets.

    Second, I would suspect the NFL is covering the expenses. Who wouldn’t love an expenses paid trip to a the city hosting the draft (i.e., New York, Philly, Chicago, Dallas, Nashville).

    Some would say that is compensation.

  3. So what if the Kid is in his parents cellar and they have a man cave with PBR neon signs or pool tables and dart boards. What if he has a poster of Carrie Underwood?

    LIGHTEN UP FRANCIS

  4. Watching it on ABC. I cut the cord and have no at home choice. Besides that, I totally agree.

    PS: You all missed the NY article on how Gase and the GM have no clue about any of the QB’s during this year’s draft. Nada. Way to be prepared. I bet the powers that be in NE have a clue.

    In this world, there really is such a thing as ‘worst case scenario’. You don’t even know the true value of your third pick, other than a chart, if you are trading it for someone to pick Haskins? Last year the Jets got FLEECED by the Colts because of the perceived value of Darnold. Colts did their homework.

  5. streetyson says:
    April 25, 2019 at 12:16 pm
    Man I still laugh at that Draft photo of Ryan Fitzpatrick before he started trimming his beard.

    3 2 Rate This

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    Correct me if I’m wrong, and by all means my wife does it all the time so don’t feel bad, but FitzPatrick didn’t have a beard when he was drafted 🧐.

  6. Someone needs to do a Brent Celek Captain Morgan on the stage next to Roger, that would be priceless to see Roger’s face!

  7. Well the players drafted, that would be able to demand money for sponsorship of their parties are all about to get paid handsomely with either 4 or 5 year guaranteed deals…

  8. So they won’t tip picks and won’t show anything that could be construed as a sponsor.
    Are there any outlets that are covering the draft as sports news and not as a packaged television event?

  9. In any group of people anywhere in the world in 2019 chances are very high that someone is wearing some piece of clothing with a corporate logo on it since all these brands put their logo on everything.

    But then bspn is the worldwide joke of sportscasting, so its no wonder they are concerned about something as laughable as this

  10. Cool, can all the networks agree to do this during Super Bowl week too? Seems hypocritical for ESPN to profit off that one week of the year, only to reject it during another week.

  11. They should pay me to attend the draft tonight. Good Lord, the way they talk about the weather, you’d think we were in Boston.

  12. I’m sure next year the #1 pick will be “Brought to us by… (insert sponsor name)” and the #2 pick by (insert sponsor #2 name) and so on.

    It is really getting to be enough. And cry me a river if the kids who are set to become millionaires tonight have to give a little free pub. At some point, the weight of all this is going to come crashing down.

    On the other hand, everyone is getting paid for everything so if I were one of those kids, I would too.

    Still, I for one am more than happy to NOT pay to be an ESPN insider (or whatever it is called now) and so have missed Kiper and McShay’s lastest BS Mock Draft.

    Oh and I have U-verse so apparently I no longer have NFL Network (but no credit to my bill coming my way) because the NFL and AT&T are in a peeing war over Sunday Ticket.

    And now every time I open a certain website on my phone there are multiple ads that sure do enhance the experience.

    In case any of us forget, it is all about – $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  13. Id rather get paid by sponsors and host a party with friends and family then go to the NFL draft, sit at a tiny table and shake Rogers hand. Hell the team that drafts you isnt even there to congratulate you in person all done on phone at draft or at your party.

  14. Players are the commodity, and should maximise everything. Who the hell do the tv people think they are. No players, no tv show. Ask a celeb to turn up at an event and not get paid if the said event is a money maker for everyone else and see what happens. Ok you have to judge things on their own merit and way up the pros and cons but ultimately this is now business.

  15. Man I still laugh at that Draft photo of Ryan Fitzpatrick before he started trimming his beard.

    3 2 Rate This

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    Correct me if I’m wrong, and by all means my wife does it all the time so don’t feel bad, but FitzPatrick didn’t have a beard when he was drafted 🧐.

    I believe he was referring to the Sasquatch picture. It was a funny joke.

  16. Party coverage should have come to an instant halt once Michael Sams started lip wrestling with his boyfriend.

    My favorite part about tonight is Goodell getting boooooooed every time he shows his mug, and teams making the draft experts look like idiots.

  17. floriosnuts says: “Big whoop. These guys should have a big party and tell ESPN to do pound sand if they show up.”
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    Fans are watching the draft to see who their team picks, not to see the kid’s party. That’s just a side show that mostly benefits the player by giving him air time and publicity.

    If you haven’t read the article, ESPN is telling the player/kid “to pound sand” if they don’t want the free publicity of millions of draft viewers.

  18. nynj1986 says: “Id rather get paid by sponsors and host a party with friends and family then go to the NFL draft, sit at a tiny table and shake Rogers hand.”
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    No company is going to “sponsor” the kid’s draft party if ESPN won’t show it to the millions of viewers… seriously, what’s the point if their brand isn’t televised?

  19. “players should demand appearance fees for attending the draft, and that if they aren’t getting paid to be there they should ensconce themselves in sponsorship logos. Everyone else connected to the production of the draft is getting paid.”
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    Um, what?!?

    NFL earns billions from sponsorship deals that HELP PAY FOR THE PLAYER’S ASTRONOMICAL SALARIES. If those corporate sponsors feel their exclusive deals are devalued because corporate rivals can do an end-around like this, they’ll stop paying as much and ALL PLAYERS WILL EARN LESS.

  20. @cjmcfootball says:
    April 25, 2019 at 12:55 pm
    So they won’t tip picks and won’t show anything that could be construed as a sponsor.
    Are there any outlets that are covering the draft as sports news and not as a packaged television event?
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    Yes…it’s call the RADIO! Won’t have to see the videos or wide open receivers or RBs gong through gigantic holes, or DBs picking off woefully underthwrown passes or D-lineman crushing an O-lineman from a directional school.

  21. Does anybody pay attention to what’s on a guy’s t-shirt? Just don’t show big momma crushing the player because she just won the lotto! Totally unnecessary!

  22. fishyinalittledishy says: “Players are the commodity, and should maximise everything. Who the hell do the tv people think they are.”
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    Pepsi pays the NFL $90 million A YEAR to be the official NFL Sponsor. Players get a 48% share ($43,200,000) of that. You really think Pepsi will pay that much again for exclusivity if the NFL let Coke or Red Bull sneak in product placements on the players?

    Geez, the NFL are helping to PROTECT the players’ expensive contracts and you still whine…

  23. amurdora says: April 25, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Is this ESPN being salty or ESPN sponsors not wanting their competitors ads on air that is paid for by the ESPN sponsors?
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    Uh, this is very common nowdays for big sporting events. The NFL is very strict about non-sponsors getting any airtime during the Superbowl, the IOC during the Olympics, FIFA for the World Cup, etc. What these companies are doing is called guerilla marketing, which is an “advertisement strategy to promote products or services on the streets or other public places with little money. It is a type of publicity”. It’s up to the broadcasters and organizers of the event to prevent such free advertising.

    Bash ESPN all you want, but look at from a rational point of view. Of course ESPN wants their cut of the money, especially after paying the NFL hundreds of millions for the broadcast rights.

  24. First I’d like to thank Sonic for the delicious milkshake at lunch and coppertone for the unbelievably great protection on this sunny day at work. With that said who really cares? Special thanks to ATT for the amazing service out here in the northwest.

  25. NFL is strong-arming ESPN into this because more and more high profile players are choosing to skip the draft. Unless they are selected #1 there is no upside to attending as the cameras seek out those that re slipping in the draft and capitalize on their disappointment to create artificial storylines. If you honestly think that sponsors are more likely to sign a kid because they attended this brew-ha-ha I want some of what you’re smoking. Hyping the draft is a joke, and the only good thing that comes out of the draft is the end to the plethora of unnecessary mock drafts.

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