NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL is making its already popular draft even
more television-friendly, moving the first round to Thursday night.
Next year's draft will switch from a two-day, weekend format to
a three-day event with the opening round in prime time for the
The NFL said Thursday that the first round will begin at 7:30
p.m. EDT on April 22. The second and third rounds will open at 6:30
p.m. on Friday and the last four rounds will start Saturday
The draft will continue to be televised by ESPN and NFL Network
and held at Radio City Music Hall. It was a Saturday-Sunday event
Thursday is typically the most-watched night of television. A
total of 39 million viewers watched the draft this year.
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