The NFL is not fooling anyone about claiming it had to move the draft back a few weeks because it got bumped by the Easter Bunny at Radio City Music Hall. I trust Roger Goodell in this instance about as much as I trust the gas company executives who claim the 30 cents a gallon increase over the weekend was due to some unknown “glitch”. In both instances, it’s a clear money grab, we’re just more used to it from the gas companies.
I love the draft more than anyone I know. When my kids were little, I used to kick my wife and kids out–I mean, send them to “visit” her mother on the other side of town for the weekend. Then they moved it to the now three-day event that starts on Thursday Night. Now I like the draft even more because you have some time to digest and discuss it before the the next day’s event. But do I really need another two weeks of Mel Kiper and Todd McShay changing their minds ten more times? How many more eggs does the golden goose need to lay?
Nobody over the age of 9 is buying the story of the draft being moved back because a certain venue booked a Easter show in New York City during the same week. What about Madison Square Garden? Or the dozen other halls in the biggest city in the World? It’s all about TV ratings in May. May is sweeps month, which means it’s the month that TV shows set their advertising rates for the year. Apparently the NFL needs all the cash it can get.
It’s also a way for the NFL to continue it’s goal of keeping their product in front of us 365 days a year. I can only imagine what the NFL is going to do next. Make the Draft last a month by selecting 10 players a day? Have shows in the offseason on the player’s workout routines?
The NFL had better be very careful here. They used to be competing against soap operas on Tuesday afternoon on chilly days. Now, they’re going to be going against Mother Nature at its best–the beginning of Summer. Remember NFL, at one time Coke thought it would be a good idea to reinvent itself. How’d that turn out?