ESPN releases broadcast details for 2020 NFL Draft
It may look a little different than it has in previous years, but the NFL Draft will still continue as scheduled from April 23-25. On Monday, ESPN revealed some of its plans to broadcast the popular event.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was forced to make some necessary changes to this year’s draft. Rather than hosting the event in front of thousands of fans in Las Vegas as previously planned, the draft will no take place virtually. Goodell will announce first-round selections from his home, 58 prospects will participate virtually and coaches and general managers will make their selections from their homes, as well.
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How will ESPN be broadcasting this? The network released a statement explaining its strategy.
“ESPN and NFL Network will combine to offer a singular presentation across both networks, while ABC will present its own distinctive, prime-time telecasts for rounds 1-3, in addition to simulcasting the ESPN and NFL Network telecast of rounds 4-7,” ESPN’s statement read.
“The 2020 NFL Draft telecasts — originally scheduled to be on-site in Las Vegas, Nevada — will now originate from ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., studios and adhere to proper social distancing guidelines and local workplace rules due to COVID-19. Draft hosts and a limited number of commentators will be in-studio while a majority of the analysts, reporters and other experts will contribute remotely from home studios. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will introduce the picks from his home.”
Coverage of the 2020 NFL Draft begins at 8 p.m. ET.