Thread: Banning cell phones at the draft
04-15-2012, 05:22 PM #11
Completely different type of event, my friend. Virtually no commonality. If players were talking on phones or texting during an award ceremony, I'd be right there with you....
But they aren't.
This is a draft. A smorgasbord of soon-to-be overpaid, over pampered prima-donnas who are waiting to see which of the 32 franchises are going to over pay for their dubious services, and thereby grant them, their friends, and their families a windfall of cash and prizes. Who cares if they are on the phone. They have agents, team GMs, family, and friends to keep up to date on their status. They have important questions to answer, like, "What is the square root of 16"...to which they will answer, "Guatemala".
This isn't a solemn occasion like a funeral or a religious event. This isn't an award ceremony. It's not even the previews to upcoming movies. It's just the draft. And if the phones bother you that much, turn around and just listen to the draft...that way you can feign surprise when the announcement is made.
As for me, I couldn't care less. There are far bigger issues to get upset about than the players cell phones.
04-16-2012, 07:25 AM #12
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I just get the feeling we're going to have to wait the full 10 minutes before the Colts state they'll take Luck & another full 10 minutes before the Skins state they'll take RGIII.
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04-16-2012, 08:40 AM #15
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When are you going to realize that picking out the 20 bad throws this year and ignoring the 300 good ones does not make your point?
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NFL, NFL Network, ESPN to clamp down on draft-day tip-offs | News | NFL.com
Let's fast forward to next Thursday, opening night of the NFL draft . With the Indianapolis Colts on the clock, time ticking away, the speakers crackle to life: "The pick ... is in."
Before we hear a peep from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the camera cuts to Andrew Luck, huddled over a phone, smiling from ear to ear.
In this case, nobody is surprised, but as we move through the first round, these tip-offs affect the drama of the event.
Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch first reported Wednesday that the NFL, NFL Network and ESPN are discussing ways to avoid revealing top draft picks to viewers before they're announced.
The NFL subsequently confirmed it won't show draftees on the phone in the green room before the announced pick on the first night of the draft.
"It's also in effect for NFL Network and ESPN, which may broadcast from other locations such as a player's house or an agent's office," league spokesman Brian McCarthy told NFL.com on Wednesday.
It's a start, but problems extend to the draft's later rounds as well.
"Every team, scout, GM, etc. has access to the NFL draft's pick database, which is updated once a card is turned in. Much earlier than on TV," tweeted Rotoworld's Josh Norris , who also served time as a scouting intern for the St. Louis Rams . "As soon as you read, 'The pick is in,' (teams) already know who is selected. Amazing how far behind TV gets on the 2nd and especially 3rd days."
Issues remain, but it's a start.
I am glad to hear this!