NFL will hold draft as scheduled, no public events in Las Vegas

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The CDC’s recommendation that all gatherings of more than 50 people be postponed or cancelled for the next eight weeks in order to help fight the spread of COVID-19 meant that there was little chance that the NFL Draft would go on as planned next month.

The NFL made that official on Monday. The league announced that there will be no public events in Las Vegas as part of the draft, but that it will take place as scheduled from April 23-25 and will be televised.

“This decision reflects our foremost priority — the health and safety of all fans and citizens,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “While the outcome is disappointing both to the NFL and to the Las Vegas community, we look forward to partnering with the Raiders, the city of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for a future NFL Draft as well as evaluating opportunities for other major NFL events in Las Vegas in the future, including the Super Bowl.”

Per the league’s statement, they are looking at “innovative options” for how to present the draft and will announce further plans in the future.

15 responses to “NFL will hold draft as scheduled, no public events in Las Vegas

  1. There are still unanswered questions. Will the NFL allow family, friends, and agents to be in the green room, back stage? How many players will be invited to the draft? Having all those people together is a potential risk.

  2. Thank goodness. No need to delay what a lot of people are looking forward to especially with all that is going on right now.

  3. Keeping America rolling and churning is just as important as the health of the nation. So i appluad the NFL for not shutting anything down and finding ways to keep their world turning.

  4. It will be like the early ’80’s. They had the commissioner announce the pick and Bob Lee and Chris Berman would provide analysis. I still liked it then without all the bells and whistles.

  5. If there is one good thing about the coronavirus it may be that it shut down the ridiculous circus that is the NFL draft. It used to be about finding out who your team picked and then getting expert analysis on the player and how it will affect your team. Hardly any time seems be spent on analyzing the players and teams. Now it seems like the main focus is on who is announcing the picks.

  6. I am with @HagemeisterPark. Be safe, be vigilant. But also be sensible. This is sensible. Moving free agency for “optics” was not.

  7. C. M. says:
    March 16, 2020 at 11:37 am
    LOL Who the heck will watch this? It will be like doing the draft on Madden.

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    Ummm…literally everybody

  8. C. M. says:
    March 16, 2020 at 11:37 am
    LOL Who the heck will watch this? It will be like doing the draft on Madden.

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    Evidently everyone but you.

  9. Awesome news. I wait for the draft all year. It’s like Christmas morning. All the teams get new presents. I really don’t pay much attention to the wrapping paper anyway. I just want to see what’s inside. I don’t need to see anyone walk across the stage. I don’t really pay much attention to the commentary either. I just want to see the new players that each team drafts, and how it’s going to change each team. Super bowls are won on draft day. I’m glad the NFL is moving forward.

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