ESPN plans faster yet deep NFL Draft coverage

by Mel Bracht Modified: April 25, 2008 at 6:17 am •  Published: April 25, 2008
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Pro football fans should enjoy the faster-paced NFL Draft this weekend from Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Last year's first round crawled to a finish in a sleep-inducing 6 hours, 8 minutes.


This year the time between picks has been trimmed from 15 to 10 minutes for the first round and 10 to seven minutes for round two.

Rounds 3 to 7 remain at five minutes.

Even with the slow pace, the draft still brought in good ratings last year, including a 4.4 in Oklahoma City.

Pushing back the start from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (CDT) also should increase viewership, particularly on the West Coast.

ESPN producers have worked to trim the fat.

Some of the on-air talent has been dropped, including a separate set from Bristol, Conn., on Saturday.

"We need to be fleet-footed,” ESPN senior coordinating producer Jay Rothman said. "It's going to take a lot of discipline of people on the set. Everyone can pile on every subject matter that's when it becomes the tale wagging the dog.


by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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