In case for some reason you didn't know:
The NFL draft moves to primetime for the first time in 2010, with the first round taking place Thurs., April 22 at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by the second and third rounds on Fri., April 23 at 6 p.m. ET. Rounds 4-7 will be held Sat., April 24 at 10 a.m. ET.
So now, instead of having a glorious Saturday and Sunday you could build your entire weekend around, we get a piecemeal bastardization of the NFL Draft that requires you to be in front of your television at 6:30 p.m. CST on Thursday, 5 p.m. CST on Friday (because, you see, you should have to leave work early), and 9 a.m. on Saturday. The people that thought this concept up are likely the same people who think the NCAA Tournament should be expanded to 96 teams. Why ruin a perfectly good thing?
The answer, as usual, is money. Roger Goodell & Co. are chasing the money in a short-sighted attempt to grow the NFL brand. Yes, holding the first three rounds of the NFL Draft in primetime is certain to draw new viewers. It's also certain to alienate those of us who loved the old format. Those of us who thought the NFL Draft was perfect just the way it was. Those of us who had absolutely no desire to destroy the greatest weekend of the NFL Year.
I ask you, BRB. What do you think of the new draft format? Vote in the poll below. Is the new format going to affect how much or what you watch this year? Sound off in the Comments.
The new Thursday night/Friday night/Saturday format of the NFL Draft is:
Horrendous. (351 votes)
Awesome. (80 votes)
Of No Consequence To Me. (87 votes)
Something I'll Opine On After I Actually See How It Works. (210 votes)
728 total votes