Dunsmore has a link to a story in today's Newswire that I think deserves a bit more attention. As has been rumored for awhile, the NFL is considering taking its draft festivities on the road. Although various cities are allegedly still candidates for the honor of hosting the event, the league is said to be focusing on three venues--New York City (at Madison Square Garden), Chicago, and Los Angeles in 2015. Of far more import, at least to me, is the report that the league is also contemplating stretching the draft out into four (4) days.
The league also is looking at moving the dates of next year's draft to either April 22-25 or April 29-May 2, McCarthy said. That would be a change from the current three-day format.
To put it bluntly, I hate this idea. You might even say I hate it with the fire of a thousand suns. I fondly remember the halcyon days before 2010 when the NFL Draft was a Saturday-Sunday affair. The NFL's decision to begin the draft on Thursday night was not one I agreed with, though I understood (and continue to understand) the allure of primetime exposure and the additional dollars that come with it. That same motivation is surely responsible for the idea of expanding the draft to four days. I get it. I just don't like it.
Is this all leading to the NFL Draft lasting an entire week, with one round broadcast on primetime television each night? Is there a point where you'll stop watching (assuming you already watch the majority of the proceedings)?