You thought @NFL Draft was already a big event? Roger Goodell told me today league will consider stretching it to 4 days (still 7 rounds).— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) April 25, 2014
A non-scientific poll conducted around the Twitter-verse suggests many fans are now reaching the point of teeth-gnashing over the fact the NFL draft was pushed back two weeks into May this year.
Seeking shelter would be recommended if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell looks to stretch it over four days, from three, in the future.
NFL.com reporter Jeff Darlington said Friday Goodell is considering making the NFL draft a four-day event, presumably breaking the late rounds off from the third day and making a fourth day of picks for Sunday. The draft has been conducted from Thursday (round 1), Friday (rounds 2-3) and Saturday (rounds 4-7) since 2010. Previously, it was done Saturday and Sunday, and there was a time, many moons ago, when the draft was all done in one day (just ask some of the local beat reporters, they'll tell you all about the glory days when they didn't have to compete for news, it was all gift-wrapped for them).
Considering the popularity of the event, it isn't surprising they'd dip into these waters. We've suggested adding back the rounds 8-10 the league previously had, considering the rising impact undrafted free agents are making, or at the very least, making some kind of structured effort (read: something they're able to put on TV) out of the UDFA process.
Mark Cuban, the owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, said recently he thinks the NFL has oversaturated the market with its product and as a consequence, will suffer declines in production over the next decade. It's hard to argue with two arguments that lie within; 1. The NFL will struggle to dream up more ways to put more NFL on the market (whether consumers want it or are just feeding a latent addiction), and 2. the NFL won't reach a point it has nowhere to go but down.
A fourth day of draft coverage won't be proof of that concept, but it sure does lead to speculation about the validity of such an idea.