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NFL Draft Moved to Prime Time

The first round of next year's NFL draft will be in prime time on a Thursday night, the league announced Thursday.

The second and third rounds will be the following night, a Friday, and the draft will be completed with the fourth through seventh rounds on Saturday.

The draft will run April 22 through 24, according to the NFL's announcement.

The first round is to begin Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET. The second round starts Friday at 6:30 p.m., and the fourth round commences Saturday at 10 a.m.

The draft again is to be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

It has been clear since last year, when the league implemented speed-up rules to shorten the draft, that the NFL would move the event to prime time at some point.

"We continue to look for ways to make the draft more accessible to more fans," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a written statement. "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."

By Mark Maske  |  July 23, 2009; 5:26 PM ET  | Category:  Draft , League Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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People are going to be so hung over, this is not a good thing for anybody. So many missed days of work is what this is going to cause. Everybody knows that most people work the 9-5 and then on the Sat of the draft couch surf all day and kill a case of beer....not good

Posted by: nationalcathedral | July 24, 2009 10:42 AM

Well, I can't $ay I'm $urpri$ed. Ju$t move all the game$ to prime time while you're at it.

Posted by: RichinVA | July 24, 2009 7:58 AM

they should have moved the first and second rounds on friday prime time and the rest of the draft 3-7 on saturday morning.

Posted by: goodtogo28 | July 23, 2009 8:34 PM

At what point is the draft going to become a pay-per-view event?? It's pretty crazy that the draft got higher ratings this year than the NBA and NHL playoffs combined. One wonders where the line is that the NFL overhypes the draft to the extent that it's not watchable any more. I can imagine wives, girlfriends, partners, whatever will eventually say NO you can't watch the draft Thursday and Friday nights AND all day Saturday.

Posted by: thinker11 | July 23, 2009 7:02 PM

What a LOUSY idea. Goodell, I'm tuning out after Thursday night. So much for your plan. Yes, there is such a thing of having too much NFL minutia. Unbelievable. You NFL suits are going ESPN on us - acting like tons of NFL fans are gonna be stupid enough to give up their thurs + fri night just because the NFL IS SO FRICKIN' GREAT. Ugh. How arrogant. For the NFL fan's sake, let's all hope this plan bites the big one and let's not watch after Thurs night. I officially start the Friday night boycott this year.

Posted by: homersimpson10 | July 23, 2009 6:57 PM

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