NFL will have two cameras in prospects’ homes for draft night

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The stay-at-home draft will include plenty of prospects participating in the draft from their homes.

Per a league source, the NFL plans to distribute technology kits to prospects who will be participating in the draft (the league has announced that 58 will be involved) for the purposes of joining the broadcast of the 2020 draft. And the goal will be to have prospects participate over all three days of the draft.

Each prospect’s home will have an “always on” camera aimed at creating a virtual green room, along with a separate interview camera. The camera will record the celebration upon selection, with the prospect then making his way to the camera by “simulating his walk tl the stage” at the draft.

Once at the camera, the prospect will interact with the Commissioner.

The NFL also has advised prospects to comply with relevant guidelines regarding the persons in the house for the draft, with the league “strongly” discouraging the presence of anyone who hasn’t been living in the same household with the prospect.

So what happens if the always-on camera reveals the prospect has a full house of people who haven’t been living in the house, with fewer than six feet between the bodies? Although the NFL hasn’t addressed that issue, last year the league made it clear that players wouldn’t be shown on camera if sponsorship or brand logos appear anywhere in the shot. If the league will take those kinds of measures to protect its corporate relationships, here’s hoping the league will choose to protect the general population by not showing images of gatherings that demonstrate an increased risk of the virus spreading.

15 responses to “NFL will have two cameras in prospects’ homes for draft night

  1. The NFL is like a guy trying to keep his toast from burning whilst the kitchen is completely ablaze. Could any one organization be more clueless? WHEN they soldier on, and WHEN half the teams are infected, then what ?

  2. This will be more interesting if they include some BOOs every time Roger show up on the screen.

  3. Mike….maybe you need a day off man….enough with your being the savior of the world about COVID-19.

    Explain the difference between YOU continuing to work and why GMS/players/coaches cannot do their thing. This posture is just getting OLD!

  4. Is the NFL going to put cameras is Brady Quinn’s house so we can relive the good old days?

  5. “”the always-on camera reveals the prospect has a full house of people””

    Only about a 1,000% chance of this happening… over and over and over.

  6. Guaranteed these houses full of people will lead to at least 1 first rounder testing positive for COVID-19. Prospects should be smart enough to understand the times we’re currently living in and not fill their house with friends and relatives despite this being the biggest day of their lives. Not wishing it on anybody, just being a realist.

  7. So 116 cameras will be issued for a single weekend’s event, but the NFL refuses to consider goal line camera technology for actual games. Ok.

  8. My state refuses to issue a stay at home order. I was on a walk yesterday (alone) and saw 10 teenagers playing soccer at the local park, kids climbing on playground equipment, and cars driving everywhere. I think the NFL can handle a few people at home and a couple cameramen.

  9. I am always right, right? says:
    April 9, 2020 at 1:11 pm
    The NFL is like a guy trying to keep his toast from burning whilst the kitchen is completely ablaze. Could any one organization be more clueless? WHEN they soldier on, and WHEN half the teams are infected, then what ?
    /////////
    Hey, I’m a big “stay at home” guy right now. But, how is it that half the teams are going to be infected by doing the draft?

  10. The television “event” surrounding the draft has been so overblown in recent years. They make it seem like it’s the next biggest thing to the Super Bowl. In reality, it highlights a bunch of college football players who may or may not be successful in the NFL…more likely, not. Should they hold the Draft in this time of Coronavirus? Sure….why not? Should they make it a big and glamourous TV event? Probably not. What’s really the point of that? It’s the event that’s important, not the TV show.

  11. Doesn’t THIS violate the various stay at home orders? In no way, shape or form would this EVER be considered “essential” business.

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