NFL Virtual Draft Smashes Record With 55 Million Audience

The virtual NFL draft reached a record audience of 55 million in the three days of the event broadcast on ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes and digital channels, the league announced.

Each of the three days of the NFL Draft 2020 set records. An average audience of over 15.6 million watched Round 1 on Thursday, up 37 percent from 2019. More than 8.2 million people watched Round 2 and 3 on Friday, up from 40 percent year over year. past, and Saturday’s coverage of Rounds 4 through 7 averaged over 4.2 million people, up from 32 percent in 2019.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the college picks from a study in his basement, with more than 600 cameras in the homes of 85 prospects, 32 head coaches, and general managers. , as well as amateurs and coaches from the collegiate field.

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“I couldn’t be prouder of the efforts and collaboration of our teams, league staff, and partners in leading an efficient draft and sharing an unforgettable experience with millions of fans during these times of uncertainty,” said Goodell.

“This draft is the latest example in the rich history of the NFL of uplifting the spirit of the United States and unifying people. In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of many talented youth, we were pleased that this unparalleled draft helped shine today’s true heroes, healthcare workers, paramedics, and countless others on the front lines in the fight against COVID. -19. We are also grateful to everyone who contributed to the efforts to raise money from the NFL family, ”said Goodell.

Jimmy Pitaro, president of ESPN, said this year’s draft had greater significance because of the pandemic.

“It is especially gratifying for ESPN to have played a role in presenting this unique event to millions of NFL fans and at the same time supporting the league’s efforts to give something in return,” Pitaro said in a statement. “The success of this year’s draft is testament to the unprecedented collaboration in the NFL, ESPN and The Walt Disney Company in the midst of a difficult time.”

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