The 2020 NFL Draft will reportedly not be in Las Vegas.
Sam Farmer of the LA Times reports that the league currently plans on holding the draft in a TV studio while cutting into live looks of the teams making decisions.
In a memo to all league employees this past week and obtained by The Times, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote: “Planning for the Draft is a good example of how we need to think differently, embrace technology and collaborate. We will also use the Draft to help support fans and those people impacted in our communities.”
Goodell continued: “While there have been changes to the way we work and some of our plans, we have an unwavering commitment to upholding the NFL’s legacy of unifying and lifting the spirit of America, and bringing out the best in our fans and in our communities around the world. You’ll hear more from us in the days and weeks ahead about how we intend to demonstrate that commitment well beyond our fields. And I hope you’ll share your ideas on how we can do that.”
Major League Baseball has their annual draft at the MLB Network studios. Select group of players attend, teams send in picks electronically, and the Commissioner announces picks from the podium.
Earlier this month, the NFL announced that it would conduct the draft as scheduled in Las Vegas, but without any of the corresponding events due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Farmer, that will no longer happen.
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