Enjoy watching the NFL Draft? Well, the festivities surrounding the annual event just got even more exciting. The NFL Draft will kick off in prime time for the first time starting in 2010, the league announced today.
Also for the first time, draft coverage is expanding to three days. The first round will start at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 22nd. The second and third rounds will follow on Friday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. ET and rounds 4-7 will start on Saturday, April 24 at 10:00 a.m. ET.
As usual, the draft will continue to be televised by ESPN and the NFL Network.
It should be noted that the NFL Draft was a Saturday-Sunday event from 1995-2009. From 1988-94, the festivities went from Sunday through Monday. Prior to 1988, the draft was held on one or two weekdays.
“We continue to look for ways to make the draft more accessible to more fans,” said Commissioner Roger Goodell. “Moving the first round to prime time on Thursday night will make the first round of the draft available to fans on what is typically the most-watched night of television.”
Should be interesting to see how this move pans out. What do you think about the time change?
– Zach Eisendrath, DenverBroncos.com