NFL making contingency plans for draft

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The NFL draft is still on for April 23-25, but whether the draft will be the big Las Vegas spectacle the NFL envisioned remained to be seen.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NFL is making contingency plans, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

If the coronavirus outbreak remains a major threat to the United States, the league could scrap all events and conduct the draft by conference call. The draft would go on, but it would consist of teams calling in their picks to the league, and the league office making the announcement. ESPN and NFL Network could still televise live draft shows in that event: The shows would look different, but the primary draw is still football fans finding out who the new players on their favorite teams will be, and that will be unaffected.

If the spread of the virus has subsided by mid-April, the NFL could still have the event in Las Vegas, and the league seems to be holding out hope that will happen. At this point, it seems unlikely that Americans will be ready to travel across the country to gather in big crowds in April, so the numbers of fans attending may be affected, but the league is still planning as if the draft will go on as planned.

16 responses to “NFL making contingency plans for draft

  1. they should do an online draft like a fantasy league and let the fans track it live on line

  2. Drafts should be a phone-in anyway, for less carbon. Staging a show for picks is 100% filler.

  3. The draft is 5 weeks away, hopefully this virus has started to subside by then? Good luck to all!

  4. Convince me the Raiders aren’t cursed, Uncle Al sold his soul for three rings, 37 years since they won it all

  5. Ratings will go through the roof if everyone’s sitting at home with nothing really to do…

  6. Have 1-2 person announce the picks with a telephone guy or 2 receiving info from the teams and a couple of technical guys.
    That’s all you need.
    We dont need 100 talking heads give their “expert” opinion on every pick.

  7. I watch CBS’s coverage of the draft. The player walking up on stage is the least important part of it. The draft is about hope. I thought Washington had a great draft last year. It will be interesting to see if they can put a complete team together, or do they take another QB. I’d trade down from the #2 spot, but it could be Tua instead. I’m not even a Washington fan, but it should be exciting. What happens at #2 could throw everyone’s predictions off.

  8. Word on the street on around here in the DC area is that a 4 week nation wide lockdown is coming from Congress within the next 2 weeks.
    bears53 says:
    March 13, 2020 at 8:01 am
    The draft is 5 weeks away, hopefully this virus has started to subside by then? Good luck to all!

  9. I’m sure Rodger and the NFL owners will make all the right moves. They always do…lol

  10. akira1971 says:
    March 13, 2020 at 8:33 am
    Ratings will go through the roof if everyone’s sitting at home with nothing really to do…
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    Why would everyone be sitting at home? My life hasn’t changed at all other than washing my hands more and not having any sports to watch on TV. I get up, go to work, come home. I still go out to dinner, or the bar, hangout with friends. Only change is sports is shut down and my hands are dried out.

  11. With today’s “tech” 32 managers can sit in an office and conduct the draft electronically. No need to change the date…

  12. It could actually make the draft coverage better. There are too many filler stories about a player’s uncle’s or some other nonsense. The actual announcement of the picks, and analysis of the picks has become secondary.

    This would put the broadcast back to basics. Pick is announced. Analyze the pick, then speculate on the next pick. Simple formula that worked for decades until the draft became an almost literal circus with so many correspondents and side stories.

  13. I know the NFL Draft roadshow is all about marketing however I’d like to see it go back to Radio City or whatever that place was. In short, people and crowds of them are more trouble than they’re worth even without a pandemic.

  14. i am confused as to what the NFL is doing . . . so why can’t all of this stuff they are doing happen without direct contact? There is plenty of film on FA’s for scouts to watch. Phones can be used for interviews. and IF i can buy a house with docusign, then all of their contracts should be able to be signed without contact as well. Same thing for draft. Wouldn’t having these things completed in a discombobulated way be better than not getting them done and having to cancel the season because of it? Because that is where this is going quickly.

  15. annapterp says:

    March 13, 2020 at 10:33 am

    akira1971 says:
    March 13, 2020 at 8:33 am
    Ratings will go through the roof if everyone’s sitting at home with nothing really to do…
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    >>>Why would everyone be sitting at home? My life hasn’t changed at all other than washing my hands more and not having any sports to watch on TV. I get up, go to work, come home. I still go out to dinner, or the bar, hangout with friends. Only change is sports is shut down and my hands are dried out.<<<
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    Thank you for posting that. Finally some sanity. The world is not ending. Just do what you normally would do but use more caution at the present time. And why has toilet paper become such a hot commodity?

  16. The draft coverage would be dramatically improved if they stick to the player/team analysis. I dont think I can take another half hour of Gruden going on about his turkey hole.

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