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NFL DRAFT NOTES: FROM KEYSHAWN JOHNSON TO MR. IRRELEVANT
Published April 22, 1996
USA TODAY's Michael Heistand writes of ESPN's two-day, 17- hour NFL Draft coverage: "TV sports' answer to the Jerry Lewis telethon is better evaluated by the ton: By that measure, ESPN delivered" (USA TODAY, 4/22). In L.A., Tom Hoffarth calls ESPN Coordinating Producer Fred Gaudelli's comparison to the Lewis telethon an "astute analogy. With both, there's no guarantee that the illness will ever be cured no matter how long the show goes on" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 4/19). Gaudelli: "I don't care what you compare it to, even a political convention. I can't think of any other show that has 17 live hours in two days" (Bruce Adams, S.F. EXAMINER, 4/19). In Tampa, Doug Carlson writes, "ESPN came into the game so well-prepared to fill gaps between picks that it forgot to put a kill-switch on [Mel Kiper Jr.'s] headset. While he was talking, the network missed the very first pick of the day" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 4/22).