League planning to hold draft in TV studio setting

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The NFL draft will proceed as expected, but with a look and feel that no one ever would have expected for the league’s premier offseason event.

Sam Farmer of the L.A. Times reports that “current plans call for some type of studio setting with cut-ins from the headquarters of the teams making the selection at a given time.”

Hopefully, the cut-ins won’t happen for the picks to be made in the first round. At a time when people crave normalcy, the opening night must include Commissioner Roger Goodell reading off the selections, as he always does.

The setting doesn’t matter. Ideally, he’d be walking to and from a podium. (At least he won’t be booed this year.) He also could be sitting at a desk. Hell, he could be lounging in a chair with a pipe and slippers and a dog and a fireplace. As long as Goodell fulfills his most public role of the year, there will be something about the event that feels like business as usual in these incredibly unusual times.

Farmer also reports that Goodell sent a memo to all league employees this week regarding the event, which begins in four weeks and four days.

“Planning for the Draft is a good example of how we need to think differently, embrace technology and collaborate,” Goodell wrote. “We will also use the Draft to help support fans and those people impacted in our communities.

“While there have been changes to the way we work and some of our plans, we have an unwavering commitment to upholding the NFL’s legacy of unifying and lifting the spirit of America, and bringing out the best in our fans and in our communities around the world. You’ll hear more from us in the days and weeks ahead about how we intend to demonstrate that commitment well beyond our fields. And I hope you’ll share your ideas on how we can do that.”

Whatever ideas are submitted, the first-round picks must come from Goodell and Goodell alone. That’s the only way any of this will feel even remotely close to normal.

And given that there will be no sporting events between now and the draft, the draft likely will generate its highest ratings ever, as zealous football fans, casual football fans, and non-football fans who need a break from streaming movies and shows tune in for a live show on television that isn’t the news.

24 responses to “League planning to hold draft in TV studio setting

  1. It’ll be healthier to listen to it on radio – less hot air & bling from divas, no smiling Fraudger.

  2. Hey, if the draft is being conducted differently, go all the way with it. I would be thrilled not to have Goodell making the announcement of draft picks. After all, he won’t be able to get his hugs from the selectees anyway.

  3. The danger is these draft picks at home in their living rooms with a camera or Skype set up, surrounded by 20-30 friends and family, all hugging and high-fiving before going into quarantine a couple of days later. The young are the least-likely to follow the guidelines the rest of us are living under.

  4. The draft will be better than ever. More time with stats, info, and less time grabbing the rookies as they exit stage to ask them how it feels. I hope the team war rooms are Shown and better televised.

  5. Why not just let each team have there draft party’s at there stadiums Unless ya the giants and jets cause Bergen county Is nearly on lockdown have fans sit 5-8 seats apart

  6. Be nice to just have something sports related on besides the talking shows like Total Access and Sportscenter.

  7. I was single digit years old when I watched the first draft ever on TV in 1980. I watched every minute of it. It was in a hotel ballroom and from that day forward the NFL draft has been must see TV for every NFL fan.

    No one really knew what to expect when ESPN first asked the NFL if they could televise the draft. This year we have some uncertainty again on how the telecast will go, but we will all be tuning in.

    I look forward to all 3 days of the draft.

  8. Should be interesting to see exactly who the busts are that the raiders draft this year.

  9. I hope this doesn’t happen, but what if Joe Burrow or another top player comes down with a severe case of the coronavirus between now and the draft? Will NFL teams pass on these players? How far might some of these players fall down draft boards?

  10. I’m just glad they’re having it at all. Pretty much every other sporting event of any kind has been cancelled and it sucks.

  11. A draft with no crowds yelling and screaming….like it used to be done when I was a kid. Im cool with that.

  12. I will miss this lousy Commissioner if he can’t be booed. But I am fine with doing the draft this way.

  13. “So how am I supposed to have my draft party?”

    People actually have draft parties? And by that I mean parties where people actually watch it as opposed to just some excuse to hold a regular party? Unless you or somebody you personally know is getting drafted I can’t imagine why anyone would watch the draft live.

  14. I’m a little surprised that they didn’t announce this – the obvious solution – earlier. It’s 2020 and the NFL doesn’t know how to run an online draft yet.

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