ESPN has announced their television and radio coverage schedule for the 2015 NFL Draft. The following is from an ESPN press release highlighting everything you need to know.
ESPN will televise the 2015 NFL Draft from Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, Thursday, April 30 – Saturday, May 2. Prime-time coverage of Round 1 (Thursday, 8 p.m. ET) will again be presented with limited commercial interruption. Production highlights for ESPN’s 36th NFL Draft telecast:
325 player highlight packages, 50 different player personality bumps, 25 specialty technical breakdowns with analysis from Jon Gruden, Ray Lewis and Todd McShay, 27 cameras, including two RF handheld cameras, two RF steadicams, and five jib cameras, 20 player live shots, and HD Videoconferencing from all 32 team sites.
ESPN NFL Draft Commentators
ESPN NFL Draft TV schedule (April 30-May 2)
In all, ESPN will present 42 hours of NFL Draft-related programming from April 27-May 3, including 16 hours of the live NFL Draft telecast; episodes of Draft Academy and Gruden’s QB Camp, SportsCenter Specials, and editions of NFL Live and NFL Insiders, which will be televised live from Chicago April 30 and May 1. Live editions of SportsCenter will also originate from the NFL Draft for the first time with anchors John Anderson, Jay Crawford, Lindsay Czarniak, Steve Levy and Chris McKendry in Chicago on Thursday and Friday. More NFL Draft-related coverage includes:
ESPN Radio will broadcast the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 30 (7 p.m. ET), and Friday, May 1 (6:30 p.m.) with host Dari Nowkhah, NFL analyst Louis Riddick and NFL Insider John Clayton. Freddie Coleman will host post-draft coverage Thursday and Friday at 11:30 p.m.
Mike & Mike, hosted by Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg, will broadcast live from Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch and the Chicago Sports Museum at Water Tower Place on April 30 and May 1. Doors will open at 4 a.m. CT for fans to watch the show and gain free access to the museum during both broadcasts. In Chicago, the show can be heard on ESPN Chicago 1000AM. Mike & Mike airs from 6-10 a.m. ET weekdays on ESPN Radio, espnradio.com, ESPN Radio app, SiriusXM Channel 83, Apple iTunes, Slacker Radio, TuneIn and is simulcast on ESPN2.
ESPN Chicago 1000
Throughout the week of April 27, ESPN Chicago 1000AM will offer in-depth analysis leading up to and reviewing day one of the NFL Draft across all talk shows, featuring live interviews with many ESPN and NFL-related guests. Comedian Frank Caliendo will put on a special performance exclusively for ESPN Chicago listeners. Details:
ESPN International will offer television coverage of the NFL Draft to more than 31 million households in 49 countries and territories throughout Spanish-speaking Latin America, Brazil, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, and Canada (on TSN). Round 1 will be simulcast in Mexico and Central America via the ESPN Play broadband offering while Rounds 1 and 2 will simulcast in Brazil via the WatchESPN broadband offering.
ESPNU and Other Networks
ESPNU will air encore presentations of college games highlighting some of this year’s top prospects, beginning Tuesday, April 28. ESPN.com will provide unprecedented, wall-to-wall coverage of the draft, prominently featuring all NFL Nation team reporters as well as NFL senior writer John Clayton and NFL Nation writer Kevin Seifert. Planned highlights for the three-day draft in Chicago:
Highlights of pre-draft coverage:
ESPN Insider members will experience complete and premium access to the 2015 NFL Draft covered from every angle. Comprehensive coverage leading up to and throughout all three days of the draft includes analysis and insight from experts Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay, Bill Polian, Adam Schefter, Mike Sando, Louis Riddick, Mark Dominik, Scouts Inc. and others, including several mock drafts from Kiper and McShay. At the conclusion of the NFL Draft, Kiper will release his annual Draft Grades, a must-read for fans anticipating their teams’ newest additions. McShay will also weigh in with his take on the best individual picks and overall classes of 2015, and look ahead to the next draft season with his 2016 Mock Draft. Additional Insider-only features and tools include:
ESPN3 and WatchESPN
An encore presentation of Florida State Pro Day is available on WatchESPN and replays of Clemson, Duke and Stanford Pro Days are available via ESPN3. Additionally, live coverage of the NFL Draft on ESPN will be accessible via WatchESPN online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One for fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription from an affiliate provider.
ESPN The Magazine
ESPN The Magazine’s NFL Draft issue, now on newsstands, features a cover story on Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. In “Ticking Time Bomb or QB Savant,” The Mag’s Kurt Streeter provides readers an all-access pass to the draft’s most polarizing player—and arguably the most controversial potential No. 1 pick ever—as he navigates the draft’s unforgiving evaluation process. The Mag tries to answer the question: Who is Jameis Winston? Additional issue highlights:
The new integrated brand campaign “Now We Draft” celebrates some of the finest moments from this past season and highlights the unmatched insight fans get on this year’s NFL Draft prospects from Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay, Jon Gruden and other ESPN experts. The two 30-second spots from the campaign, titled “Players” and “Fans,” are voiced by renowned actor and Academy Award winner J. K. Simmons. “Players” features several of the top prospects in this year’s draft, including Amari Cooper, Melvin Gordon, Todd Gurley, Marcus Mariota, Shane Ray, Leonard Williams and Jameis Winston. The “Now We Draft” campaign was developed by ESPN’s in-house marketing team.
ESPN Social Media
ESPN’s social media initiatives surrounding the NFL Draft include custom hashtags for each team (i.e. #NYJpick), custom images of each player drafted in the first round with their new team, and live behind-the-scenes images of the NFL Draft and Draft Town in Chicago. Fans are invited to follow the action on Twitter (@ESPNNFL), Facebook (NFL on ESPN) and Instagram (@ESPNNFL).
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