Over the years, the NFL Draft has really become a phenomenon. There have been two networks that have carried live coverage of the entire Draft over the past couple of years, as viewers have had their choice of either watching on ESPN or the NFL Network. Now, it appears that there will be an option that even people that have “cut the cord” should be able to find.
Per numerous reports, this year’s NFL Draft will also be broadcast on FOX. Not FOX Sports. . .regular ol’ FOX. This will mark the first time that the NFL Draft will be available on regular broadcast network television as opposed to cable.
From the sounds of it, the FOX coverage of the NFL Draft is just going to be a simulcast of the NFL Network coverage, but it’s still a pretty significant jump.
Though the reports don’t specify, I assume that this is for all three days of the draft and not just the first day or anything like that. If that’s the case, it’s going to be interesting to see the ratings. We know that football junkies like most of us that read this site track all three days of the draft relatively closely, but this appears to be an attempt to get into the homes of the more casual fans. Honestly, I’m not sure what most FOX affiliates show on Saturday mornings/afternoons that would be pre-empted by Draft coverage, but it will be interesting to see how many homes tune in to see who ends up getting drafted in the final few rounds of the Draft.
If you’re one of the increasing number of people that have decided that cable and satellite TV is no longer your thing, you’ll be able to use your rabbit ears to pick up coverage of this year’s NFL Draft anyhow.
(Yes, I know that none of you are using rabbit ears on your televisions. At least, I assume you’re not. It’s a joke, people.)