Amid COVID-19 crisis, ESPN and the NFL Network reportedly willing to collaborate on draft coverage

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Posted on: April 6, 2020 10:09 pm EDT

The changes to the NFL Draft because of the coronavirus are forging new partnerships

This year’s NFL Draft needs to happen despite the current situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s draft will be extremely different from the ones done in past years since it will be covered by ESPN and NFL Network. Those popular television networks typically conduct their own broadcast of the event, but there could now be a joint effort since the coronavirus is forcing changes to the draft activity.

According to Peter King from Football Morning in America, there has been a momentum that has been building recently so this event can be televised from a joint operation that can be transmitted in both networks. It seems to be that the place chosen as the location of this year’s draft was at ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, CT. The reason is that the NFL’s studios, located in California and New Jersey, are currently closed.

This televised event will bring good-quality entertainment to football fans who are hoping this year’s season can run. There will be several personalities from each network who will be participating in this event to take part in the coverage. Another announcement that King made is that a telethon feature might be added as an element to cover the events. So, the goal is to also raise money to aid the causes that require additional assistance due to the coronavirus outbreak.

On the other hand, there are no plans of shutting down the transmission that ABC has with its separate coverage. It is not expected that this could create any problems from any of the parties, as the decision should not affect the combined show proposed.