Producer Charlie Yook and NFL Network didn’t have their draft broadcast, but he could glean some things from last year’s joint effort with ESPN.
The biggest is when it.
“We learned there’s no point in having three cameras in one kid’s house. It’s also OK to be a little more casual, for lack of a better word,” he said. “Shots don’t have to be with all these jillion-dollar cameras. It can be done with iPhones. And I think it’s the taught if anything; it’s more important to be seen and heard with family than anything else.”
While 12 prospects will be in Cleveland waiting to be selected and pose with Commissioner Roger Goodell, the NFL haswith iPhones, lighting, a backdrop, and each team’s hats.
Afterwhich teams they could get exclusive access to, NFL Network and ESPN will also have access to all 32-team war room cams.
Not having prospects on-site will present challenges, especially if the first round goes as quickly as last year. There were a few points where three selections had already been made before they were announced because players were still being interviewed.
will not be in Cleveland and may not be interviewed immediately after the Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to make him the top pick because the New York Jets are up next.
“It is hard to interview someone who just got selected if they’re not there because thiscontinues to move, and the narrative shifts. If they’re not readily available to go, you probably won’t see a lot of those interviews,” Yook said.
“But that’s the body of this event. It just keeps going forward.”
. ABC will have its special broadcast the first two before having the ESPN simulcast on Saturday.
DIFFERENT, YET THE SAME
complexes, but ESPN will continue to have its reporters operate remotely.
Seth Markman, ESPN’s VP of Production, said the decision was mainly for health and.
“I think we could have done that, but it’s something that we just looked at that wasn’t a must-do for this year,” he said.
“We feel like our reporters are good enough at this point to be able to report on multiple teams from home. I like to be face-to-face, but that won’t happen these days. So facility would be more about style over substance anyway.”
Yook said it was important for NFL Network to have reporters there while observing all health and.
NFL Network will debut new graphics and have a higher level of highlighting players and one-on-one matchups.
SPOTLIGHT ON CLEVELAND
The night of the first round for many years was a rare chance Browns fans got to be in the spotlight, but after an 11-5 season and a playoff win for the first time since 1994, NFL NetworkEisen is eager to see how Cleveland will respond to this year’s festivities.
“I don’t recall ever being to anwhere the Browns being put on the clock was met with anything but sarcastic derision by anyone in the stands,” he said. “I moment when they’re on the clock and when the Steelers, Ravens, and Bengals are on the clock.
“When we go to cities for the draft, it is different vibes because they have differentinterests. I love it. I love it.”
RUN RICH RUN
Eisen’s annual “Run Rich Run” fundraiser to support St.will air on Saturday.
Eisen usually does his 40-yard dash in Indianapolis during the NFL combine, but the event wasn’t held this.
Instead, Eisen did hison April 17. It will also feature Jerry Rice, Ray Lewis, Cris Carter, Rod Woodson, Terrell Davis, Michael Vick, Torry Holt, and Eric Metcalf.
With the Draft-A-Thon continuing for theyear, Eisen would like to raise funds for charities to be a permanent part of the draft.
Mike Greenbergonly the fifth host in ESPN’s 42 years of doing the draft. He will host the first two days on ESPN, with Rece Davis handling the .
Greenberg saidJimmy Pitaro a couple of years ago that he would like to be a part of more live sports coverage.
Despite the ebbs and flows of the draft, Greenberg thinks he is ready for the assignment. He also doesn’t see it as long days on set after being accustomed to 4 to 5 hours of doing live television and radio a day.
“Ithis is a different animal, and many things will be coming at me fast and furious. But at the , we’re there to present these significant events that fans are interested in,” he said.
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