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NFL Media's Rolapp Heaps Praise On Use Of Twitter For Highlights In Draft
Published May 13, 2014
HERE TO STAY: ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert wrote record-setting Draft TV ratings "might justify not only a permanent May date but also a rumored expansion into a traveling four-day event as part of a larger offseason reorganization." Seifert: "I’m not sure how else to interpret the significance of the most-watched NFL draft in history, one whose popularity rose measurably even when compared to its most recent incarnations. ... If you're hoping for a return to an April draft, my guess is you'll be disappointed. Realistically, the 2014 draft needed to be a disaster for the NFL to reverse course. Far from it" (ESPN.com, 5/12). In Philadelphia, Mike Sielski writes, "The NFL Draft isn't just big anymore. It's Godzilla." It "levels everything in its path." More people on Thursday "watched the Draft on ESPN and the NFL Network than watched two NBA playoff games and two NHL playoff games combined." Wells Fargo Center in June will host the NHL Draft, which, compared to the NFL Draft, "might as well be an artisanal craft show in Lititz" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 5/13).