It was a record-setting weekend for the NFL Draft, as it became the most-watched NFL Draft of all time. For the first time in the history of the league, the draft was done virtually, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the three days of the draft, more than 55 million total viewers tuned in, up 16 percent from 2019. With the country being without sports for over a month, a three-day sporting event was something that was desperately needed.
According to a statement from the NFL, each day of the 2020 NFL Draft established new highs as an average audience of over 15.6 million viewers watched Round 1 on Thursday (+37% vs. 2019), over 8.2 million viewers watched Rounds 2 & 3 on Friday (+40% vs. 2019), and over 4.2 million viewers watched Rounds 4-7 on Saturday (+32% vs. 2019).
Here is a statement from NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell.
I couldn’t be more proud of the efforts and collaboration of our clubs, league personnel, and our partners to conduct an efficient Draft and share an unforgettable experience with millions of fans during these uncertain times. This Draft is the latest chapter in the NFL’s storied history of lifting the spirit of America and unifying people. In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of so many talented young men, we were pleased that this unique Draft helped shine a light on today’s true heroes – the healthcare workers, first responders, and countless others on the front lines in the battle against COVID-19. We are also grateful to all those who contributed to the NFL family’s fundraising efforts.
There were over 600 camera feeds for the entire process, including one in the basement of the Commissioner. There were live-feeds set up with more than 85 Draft prospects, 32 NFL Head Coaches, 32 NFL General Managers, Fans, College Football Coaches and many others. It truly provided fans with an experience unlike anything before.
What were your thoughts on the virtual NFL Draft?
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