NFL Commissioner to Announce Draft Picks From His Basement


Roger Goodell is trading the usual stage and bright lights of the NFL Draft for a desktop and a webcam.

The NFL's commissioner will reportedly announce this year's first-round draft picks remotely from his home, in accordance with the league's unprecedented "fully virtual" draft policy due to the coronavirus crisis.

In fact, Goodell will name the selections from the basement of his home in Bronxville, NY, according to Peter King of NBC Sports.

Last week, Goodell circulated a memo telling teams that all league personnel would be at home for the draft. It was a strong signal suggesting that Goodell would stay home rather than traveling to a studio owned by one of the networks broadcasting the event, Pro Football Talk reported.

The league has sent cameras to several dozen top prospects so they can record their reactions to being drafted, in keeping with traditional draft broadcast production techniques.

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