I always hear people criticize the NFL as being the “No Fun League”, and sometimes it’s unfair. Other times, it’s right on the money.
Take, for example, the new 2010 NFL Draft schedule, which will now have the draft’s seven rounds spread out over three days. Round 1 will air on Thursday night, April 22 at 7:30, with Rounds 2 and 3 the following night at 6:30, and Rounds 4-7 on Saturday morning at 10.
It’s being pitched as a way to give the common fan more access to an event that is growing in popularity (39 million viewers in 2009). “Moving the first round to prime time on Thursday night will make the first round of the draft available to fans on what is typically the most-watched night of television,” said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement on Thursday.
Right, because every hard-working fan, who has to work that much harder to pay exorbitant season ticket prices, wants nothing more than to come home near the end of the work week and hear three hours of Chris Berman’s antics. Continue reading