ESPN Reveals Details On 30th Draft Coverage

Thursday, April 16, 2009


It's hard to believe that this is, but on April 25th and 26th the "Leader" will be airing their 30th installment of the NFL Draft. And get this....Erin Andrews will be there this time! The rest of the parties are pretty much the same, but here is who will be joining EA over the two-day period....

Chris Berman, Mel Kiper, Jr., and a team of hosts, analysts and reporters will be a part of ESPN’s 30th consecutive year of televising the NFL Draft (April 25-26) from Radio City Music Hall in New York. The 16 hours of planned live coverage on ESPN and ESPN2 over two days will be supplemented by Draft-related content on multiple ESPN platforms throughout the weekend, including ESPN Radio, ESPNEWS and ESPN.com.

Berman and Kiper, working their 29th and 26th NFL Drafts for ESPN, respectively, will team with analysts Keyshawn Johnson and Steve Young on the main set from Radio City on Day 1. NFL Live host Trey Wingo and first-year analyst Herm Edwards, as well as NFL insider Chris Mortensen, will report from additional set locations in the hall, while reporter Erin Andrews will conduct green room and post-pick interviews with the prospects invited to the Draft. Also, ESPN Scouts Inc. director of college scouting Todd McShay will be a major contributor to the coverage from ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., studios.

SportsCenter Special: On the Clock at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, April 25, will kickoff ESPN’s comprehensive coverage. The five-hour pre-Draft line-up will include Monday Night Football’s Mike Tirico hosting with Suzy Kolber and analysts Cris Carter, Trent Dilfer, Tom Jackson and Ron Jaworski, College GameDay’s Kirk Herbstreit, McShay, and correspondent Michael Smith in Bristol.
Given the crazy amount of people involved with the Draft, there are obviously some new features. Some of those include: The Draft being in HD for the first time ever, Tom Jackson using the "Virtual Playbook" and use of that cool touch screen board for picks. Here's your lineup for each day....

Day One:

Main Set: Chris Berman, Keyshawn Johnson, Mel Kiper Jr. and Steve Young
Set #2: Trey Wingo and Herm Edwards
Stage set: Chris Mortensen
Reporter: Erin Andrews

Day Two:

Main Set:
Wingo, Edwards, Jaworski, Kiper, and Mortensen

Posted by Awful Announcing at 4:44 PM

8 Comments:

Wake me up when it's over. Talk about overkill.

I guess a lot of people are still interested in this spectacle because it gets bigger and bigger every year.

I'd love to hear an AA Reader/Draftnik tell us what is so fascinating about two days of wall to wall coverage.

shawn kemp said...
Apr 16, 2009, 6:13:00 PM  

I used to sit and watch this stuff, but the last couple years, I've lost interest. Maybe it's my intense hatred for old Helmet Head and Berman's tired act.

Unholy_Diver said...
Apr 16, 2009, 6:23:00 PM  

I think ESPN has now gone into Erin Andrews overkill.


There are already tons of websites with images of her (this one included AA ;-)). and at some point the madness has to stop.

Now I have an idea that would cancel out everything I just said but I'm quite sure the FCC would be after me.

SSReporters said...
Apr 16, 2009, 6:24:00 PM  

Any word on whether or not they'll be showing each first rounder being announced this year, as opposed to skipping some over like last year?

Apr 16, 2009, 8:17:00 PM  

They're gonna have a 5 hour pregame show before the real show? It probably won't be any different than the 50 hours they've been showing this past week.

Sometimes I just hate the constant NFL obsession and overkill.

mtjaws said...
Apr 16, 2009, 11:17:00 PM  

here's how i do the draft - read about after it's over...it's a fucking draft!!

questionmark said...
Apr 17, 2009, 5:07:00 AM  

Do people really get into the draft? I'm a Jets fan...if Im home...I'll watch if the Jets are on the clock or next. And that's it. The rest, I'll look over the next day, see what's interesting. Like Im a UConn season ticket holder, we could have 2 or 3 first rounders...I hope we do...Im not watching the draft for 5 hours to find out.

Ed James said...
Apr 17, 2009, 10:53:00 AM  
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Sep 26, 2009, 8:53:00 AM  

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