>> Thursday, July 23, 2009
The NFL Draft is expanding from a two day event into a three day one. The significance of this is that the first round of the draft will now be shown in primetime on Thursday night on both ESPN and the NFL Channel. Goodell decided to make this move to make the draft "more accessible" to the fans and he might have a point.
As a huge NFL fan, I usually get up saturday morning and don't bother leaving my couch and television until 11:30 P.M. or 12:00 A.M. that night. Then getting up the next morning, and repeating the same process. I love the NFL draft almost as much as I love the regular season and playoffs. It just brings a new fresh exciting feeling that your team, whoever they may be, can turn it around with a great draft and offseason.
Then again, there are those drafts where your favorite team drafts Darrius Heyward-Bey instead of B.J. Raji or Michael Crabtree for that matter, who were both available. Then decide to draft the 70th ranked safety in the 2nd round and neither major broadcasts has any tapes on the guy.
Okay, sorry that I got off on a tangent there. In reality, I think this is a great move for the NFL and will only help draw more attention to the sport. Even though, we all know it is already the most popular professional sport these days.