NFL’s virtual draft
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has made headlines during this COVID-19 break from sports, as he’s decided that the NFL is going to be business as usual, as it pertains to their offseason calendar. the NFL moved forward with the free agent signing period, and announced that the NFL Draft would go on as scheduled.
With the draft originally set to take place on April 23rd, many wondered how this would happen, considering how the country is still largely under stay at home orders. Goodell had another trick up his sleeve, as it was announced that the NFL’s draft would be held virtually.
This brought about connectivity concerns, and the NFL was simply in unchartered waters. Morey was asked to share his thoughts about the NFL’s idea, in addition to said connectivity concerns.
That’s how the NBA always does it. I’m more worried about [connectivity issues] than the league office is. When we first get on to make our selection, I’ll insist on our person on the phone giving a provisional pick that’ll be our pick in case we get disconnected.
And the league office always gives me grief about it. I’m like, ‘guys what if I get disconnected?’ Like why don’t you want this? But no, it’ll be fine, its not that hard to use phones and technology.
The show on TV doesn’t have any executives there. It’s just the top players and Adam [Silver] and [Mark Tatum] announcing it. That’s the NBA draft.
Morey makes a good point, as we never see NBA GM’s in attendance of the draft, and rarely see anyone other than the top players and their families. In fact, the draft becomes more about the fashion show that the players put on than it does anything else.
But it should be encouraging for the NFL’s chances of having a successful virtual draft with Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey saying there shouldn’t be any connectivity issues.