ESPN won’t put NFL Draft prospects on TV if they’re not social distancing

ESPN won’t put NFL Draft prospects on TV if they’re not social distancing

The NFL is ensuring that all 2020 NFL Draft prospects are complying with mandated social distancing guidelines amid the coronavirus crisis – and those who refuse risk not getting put on TV when they get drafted.

With the draft taking place in a virtual format on Thursday night, many of the draftees will be hosting draft parties at their homes, with cameras at the ready to peek inside their homes when they get drafted. But with the COVID-19 pandemic still in full swing, they will be expected to do so in groups of 10 or fewer people, per CDC recommendations.

If the draftees’ parties show them hosting too many people, or not adhering to social distancing guidelines, ESPN and ABC will not put them on TV, according to the Action Network.

It’s one of many challenges that cable networks and NFL front offices will have to juggle on an unprecedented draft night. With every analyst, GM and executive plugged in remotely, many expect technical difficulties to pop up at some point.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will read off every pick as he typically does, though it will be from a live feed in his basement.

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