May Draft Here To StayMay 9th, 2014
Joe knows NFL fans, Bucs fans in particular, absolutely hated the draft being pushed back to May. Loathed it. Made them grit their teeth until the enamel was worn off.
Joe didn’t like it much either, and felt Bucs fans’ pain. The mock draft industrial complex is way out of hand, especially so with extra time for nimble fingers to tap on a keyboard.
Joe had been beaten to death by the mockers so much and so often, he was actually looking forward to the end of the draft. Especially by the clowns who boast the irresponsible notion that accuracy was not a goal.
Well, any hope fans had of the draft being moved back to April has been dashed. The numbers of eyeballs that tuned in to NFL Network and BSPN were unprecedented, Twittered Brian McCarthy of the NFL.
@NFLprguy: record-setting ratings coming in for 1st round of #nfldraft. combined 8.64 prelim rating, up 50% from ’13
Then, there is this nugget from Richard Deitsch of SI.com and theMMQB.com:
@richarddeitsch: ESPN’s first round coverage of the NFL Draft was watched by 9,943,000 viewers last night, most-viewed NFL Draft telecast in history. … Round 1 of the NFL Draft was watched by 2.4 million viewers on NFL Network. Total combined Round 1 viewership of ESPN & NFLN: 12.4M viewers.
And all this coming during May sweeps. Sweeps money, in TV vernacular, is when networks determine ad rates. Big-time cash comes for programming and networks that draws eyeballs. And as you can see from the above information, the NFL draft is must-watch television.
The May draft is here to stay. Now, let’s do something to rid America and the free world of this mock draft industrial complex.