NFL DraftLatest News and Opinion
Posted Friday 4/27/18 at 9:17PM EDT
About 3.7 million watched the NFL Draft on Fox, compared to 5.3 million on ESPN
However, Fox and NFL Network, which simulcast the same broadcast, combined to have more viewers than ESPN on the first night of the draft. Yet ESPN retained much of its viewership from last year, despite the addition of Fox as an NFL Draft broadcaster. Meanwhile, ESPN's decision to have a college-centric NFL Draft broadcast on ESPN2 backfired, with only 123,000 tuning in. Combing all the networks, the NFL Draft averaged 11.2 million viewers.
Posted Friday 4/27/18 at 1:37PM EDT
NFL Draft ratings get a boost from the addition of Fox while wreaking havoc on network schedule
Last year, ESPN and NFL Network combined for a 6.7 rating. This year's draft, the first to be shown on a broadcast network, had an 8.3 rating combined with Fox, ESPN and NFL Network. The NFL Draft also hurt network ratings, with The Big Bang Theory's ratings tumbling 21% and Quantico's Season 3 premiere matching a series low. ALSO: Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is expected to succeed Jon Gruden on Monday Night Football.
Posted Wednesday 4/25/18 at 1:14PM EDT
Troy Aikman reportedly wants Fox to give him a raise after the network failed to woo Peyton Manning
The NFL on Fox color analyst will be doing more work now that Fox has Thursday Night Football and the NFL Draft.
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 1:41PM EDT
NFL execs envision showing the NFL Draft live simultaneously on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC
Next week will mark the first time that the draft will be shown on broadcast television when Fox shows Days 1 and 2 and ABC shows Day 3. According to Michael McCarthy, "as the annual football festival grows in popularity, some league executives envision the draft potentially becoming the sports equivalent of a U.S. presidential election — a sports event televised simultaneously across most or all of the national broadcast networks: NBC, CBS, Fox and ESPN's sister Disney network ABC." ALSO: Why would ESPN considering hiring Brett Favre for Monday Night Football in the #MeToo era?
Posted Wednesday 3/21/18 at 1:47PM EDT
NFL Draft will now air on ABC and Fox
NFL Draft will not only air for the first time on broadcast television this year, but all seven rounds will be shown on a major network. The NFL announced today that Fox and NFL Network will simulcast the first three rounds, while ESPN and ABC will simulcast the last four rounds. The NFL Draft is scheduled for April 26-28. Round 1-3 will air on Thursday and Friday on Fox, NFL Network and ESPN. Rounds 4-7 will be shown on ESPN, ABC and NFL Network on Saturday.
Posted Wednesday 3/14/18 at 6:35PM EDT
NFL Draft bust Ryan Leaf helped Justin Hartley and shared his story with the This Is Us writers
Hartley credits Leaf, the No. 2 pick in the 1998 NFL Draft after Peyton Manning, with helping the writers craft their storyline about addiction. The former NFL quarterback is considered one of the worst-ever NFL Draft picks, lasting only a few years in the NFL. His downfall continued after football, with his addiction to pills resulted in him serving prison time after committing several burglaries. Leaf is now using his life story as a cautionary tale, sharing his experiences with the This Is Us writers' room. Hartley said he "had such an impact on that room of genius writers."
Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 2:09PM EDT
ESPN and NFL have a fractured relationship
The news last month that the NFL would allow Fox to carry the NFL Draft on network TV for the first time was seen as a slap in the face to ESPN, which created the draft as a TV event 38 years ago. Turns out it's part of a bitter battle between the two partners, with the NFL increasingly upset with ESPN's negative journalism coverage of the league. Meanwhile, ESPN is miffed that it has been paying the most money for NFL rights, but receiving the least attractive games for Monday Night Football. Now it's up to new ESPN president James Pitaro to fix that strained relationship.
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 9:04PM EST
Fox has doubled down on the NFL -- will it acquire Monday Night Football next?
Following 21st Century Fox's deal with Disney, the Fox network will have a lot of need for unscripted programming, and the NFL fits the bill with Fox opting to acquire Thursday Night Football and the NFL Draft. With ESPN's expensive Monday Night Football deal -- costing $1.9 billion a year -- ending in 2021, there could be a chance that Fox acquires Monday NFL games for its sister cable network FS1. ALSO: ESPN is losing control of the NFL Draft after becoming the only network to broadcast it as a major event.
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 4:30AM EST
Fox will broadcast the NFL Draft for five years
The rights to the NFL Draft, which will air for the first time on network TV this year, were part of Fox's recent five-year-deal for Thursday Night Football. According to The New York Times, Fox will air the first round on Thursday, April 26 and the second and third rounds on Friday, April 27. Fox's NFL Draft coverage will mix talent from both Fox and NFL Network, with the same broadcast airing on both networks. It's unclear if Fox will show the final day of the draft on Saturday, April 28.
Posted Wednesday 2/14/18 at 5:44PM EST
Fox will reportedly televise the NFL Draft
For the first time, the NFL Draft will be shown on a broadcast network live from Dallas, in addition to airing on its traditional outlets of NFL Network and ESPN, according to ProFootballTalk, which adds: "It’s believed Fox will carry a simulcast of the NFL Network feed, with ESPN continuing to televise the event on its own." As sports media critic Richard Deitsch notes, "NFL is hurting ESPN here by splitting the audience and clearly throwing it’s usually live to Fox, which just paid them big dollars for (Thursday Night Football). NFL will gain more overall audience for Draft too, so a ratings PR play by them."