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The NFL draft will go on as planned, but it will be held in a studio without fans present, and a limited number of hosts. The league is exploring what they call "innovative options" when it comes to how the Draft will be conducted. I don't blame them either. The NBA, NHL, and the MLB have all suspended their season due to the pandemic. The teams will announce their selections from their own headquarters. It was supposed go on with red carpet gusto on top of the fountains of the Bellagio, and I'm sure that's a bummer for some. I think most football fans will be just as happy to watch in, period. Also, the NFL Draft will serve a three-day virtual fundraiser that will benefit six charities that are trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as providing aid to those in need.
I just wonder if this is just the tip of the iceberg. A justifiable move for sure. Still, pairing this with the MLB throwing around ideas of creating a "bubble league" makes me wonder if this is indicative of permanent changes coming to sports in general. Don't get me wrong, I don't think this sort of thing will last forever. I just wonder if any changes will roll over into sports once things get back on track. I assume at least in the short term, if they don't, we'll be seeing every league exclusively televising their drafts. Thoughts anyone?