There will be no shortage of options if you’ll be one of the many looking to watch the NFL Draft on television in April.
ESPN will broadcast the three-day event scheduled from April 26-28 in Arlington, Texas, as usual, but Pro Football Talk reports FOX will also be showing the draft on its network. Mike Florio writes FOX will show a simulcast of the NFL Network feed, which is one way to expand the draft’s possible viewership. Even though NFL ratings were down slightly in 2017, putting the draft on broadcast television means it will reach non-cable viewers and those who have already cut the cord.
FOX recently spent more than $3 billion to secure the NFL’s Thursday Night Football package, so it’s only fitting for the network to get in on showcasing the draft.
What’s next for the draft is most likely a new destination. ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweets there are a handful of finalists that could be in the mix to host the 2019 or 2020 NFL Draft. Schefter reports Cleveland (or Canton), Tennessee (presumably Nashville, which is home to the Titans), Kansas City, Denver, and Las Vegas (which will soon be home to the Raiders) are in the running.
It’s been a while since Cleveland has won something football related, so it would be a nice gesture to get their 2019 started on the right foot. The idea of Las Vegas hosting the draft in 2020 also makes sense, considering that should be the first year in which the Raiders will call Sin City home. What a nice coincidence that would be if it came to fruition.
Fans flocked to Chicago for the first two drafts since the NFL left New York City and that didn’t change when the draft took place in Philadelphia in 2017. The league has reached out to all 32 teams regarding the possibility of hosting the NFL Draft. In 2017, Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal reported there were more than 20 cities interested in doing so.