WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – With the NFL Network and ESPN both carrying the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft — the first round of which airs on Thursday, May 8 at 8 p.m. – both outlets have made a commitment not to spoil the surprise, before each pick is announced, on Twitter.
“Our staff [and] ESPN’s staff that is in the know will not be announcing picks,” said NFL Network executive producer Eric Weinberger, via Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports. “As we all now, these guys can get each pick because the teams for years call the player they will pick before they pick them and that player, his family and his agent know he is getting picked. But in Round 1 and even in 2 and 3, [we] will not tip the pick.”
This wasn’t the case in 2013, when many NFL fans complained the draft had lost its luster, after time and time again, reporters like Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen would tweet the next draft pick sometimes minutes before the selection was announced.
However, ESPN and NFL Network exercising restraint in this regard does not mean reporters working for competing outlets will do the same.
“We’re not a broadcast partner for the draft,” Jason La Canfora said, again via Wilson. “I will be trying to get the information out as quickly and accurately as possible. What event is made more for Twitter than the NFL draft?”
There are two perspectives displayed here. One suggests the draft is far less entertaining to watch when fans know which pick is coming. The other supposes that fans no longer need to focus as intently on the television broadcast, when they can just as easily consume the information on Twitter.
Where do you line up?
Would you rather know picks as soon as possible, or are you emotionally tied to the suspense of the TV broadcast, and would rather that not be spoiled?