Blog by: George Thomas and Ron Ledgard
Football is indeed king for the present and given the overnight television ratings ESPN’s coverage of The NFL Draft, it may be always.
The worldwide leader pulled a 6.8 overnight rating for its coverage of the league’s annual talent cattle call. That is up a whopping 48 percent over coverage of last year’s first round.
Several factors may have contributed to the significant ratings lift, but chances are the fate of Johnny Manziel – a.k.a Johnny Football, who the Browns selected at No. 22 – played a huge role in the program’s fortunes. The Texas A&M quarterback tumbled through the first round before the Browns gifted the Philadelphia Eagles with a third round draft choice to move up four slots to take Manziel.
That’s great news for the NFL, but possibly not so much for fans that had a major gripe with this year’s draft being moved into May when it’s traditionally held in late April. Some called the wait this year too long. Now NFL commissioner Roger Goodell may have what he views as a case to keep the draft in May.
Moreover, Goodell has mentioned more than a few times in recent months that he’s considering spread the event over four days. For now the argument for that is bolstered.