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    Why does the draft start at 4 PM EST?

    That's asinine. Kids will probably be in bed by the time the Steelers select their first pick. What's wrong with a noon start? You won't have to compete with baseball (Cardinals v Cubs that day), both the NFL Network and ESPN will still cover the event with more announcers than a political convention, and you just screwed up a great nap by moving the thing to 4 PM EST. The Rams second round pick will probably take place at the same time as Saturday Night Live.


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    Re: Why does the draft start at 4 PM EST?

    I think it ended before 10 here last year

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    Re: Why does the draft start at 4 PM EST?

    2 major reasons why.

    1 - this way the can have a ton of Pre-Draft shows and make more money selling the advertising in the morning.

    2 - the late afternoon time slot is much better for Ratings across the country. Last year's draft had the highest rating ever. It was a decision the NFL made after also cutting the time allotted for each team to make their picks. The commish said we will start a little later in the day to allow teams to have some extra time to talk with others at the draft but the league cut the time to make a pick in both first and second rounds.

    Overall its a long day no matter how you slice it. It always seems to have extra hype the day of the draft and the west coast football fans don't miss anything either.

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    Re: Why does the draft start at 4 PM EST?

    Didn't they change it last yr, because the previous yr's draft went on and on and on and on as every team in the first, and majority in the second round took the total allotted time. So they cut day 1 to just 2 rounds and pushed it back so it would be more prime time. But it sucks for us West Coast people because day 2 starts at 7 a.m. for us, which is simply way to early. I personally don't like the change...mostly because of day 2, but as it is, the announcers really do a horrible job covering day 2 anyways. Maybe I should just sleep in.

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    Re: Why does the draft start at 4 PM EST?

    I'm cool with it.

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    Re: Why does the draft start at 4 PM EST?

    Quote Originally Posted by LongBlood View Post
    Didn't they change it last yr, because the previous yr's draft went on and on and on and on as every team in the first, and majority in the second round took the total allotted time. So they cut day 1 to just 2 rounds and pushed it back so it would be more prime time. But it sucks for us West Coast people because day 2 starts at 7 a.m. for us, which is simply way to early. I personally don't like the change...mostly because of day 2, but as it is, the announcers really do a horrible job covering day 2 anyways. Maybe I should just sleep in.
    hahaha screw the announcers rounds 3-5 are always the best!

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    Re: Why does the draft start at 4 PM EST?

    Quote Originally Posted by txramsfan View Post
    That's asinine. What's wrong with a noon start?
    Well ... a noon start would require a 4 AM wakeup here on Maui.

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    Re: Why does the draft start at 4 PM EST?

    Quote Originally Posted by jbell15 View Post
    hahaha screw the announcers rounds 3-5 are always the best!
    That's where your teams draft is made. I wanted to see the video footage, instead its all about round 1, and maybe half an hour worth of round 2. It's stupid. Gotta be by a computer for the mid round picks.

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    Re: Why does the draft start at 4 PM EST?

    Well why do you care TX? I thought you wern't excited about the draft.

    But im okay with it it is on a saturday and i wake up at 1PM anyway! (i live on east coast)

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    Re: Why does the draft start at 4 PM EST?

    Can't say I'm shocked. My understanding is that the TV ratings for the draft are comparable to an NBA Finals game.

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    Re: Why does the draft start at 4 PM EST?

    Look at the bright side TX. The members of the clan in the eastern and central US time zones no longer have to begin drinking beer at midnight the night before to be appropriately prepared for our first pick. Drinking can now commence at 6am saturday with plenty of time for appropriate consumption before we hand our our draft card in round one.

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    Re: Why does the draft start at 4 PM EST?

    Quote Originally Posted by richtree View Post
    2 major reasons why.

    1 - this way the can have a ton of Pre-Draft shows and make more money selling the advertising in the morning.

    2 - the late afternoon time slot is much better for Ratings across the country. Last year's draft had the highest rating ever. It was a decision the NFL made after also cutting the time allotted for each team to make their picks. The commish said we will start a little later in the day to allow teams to have some extra time to talk with others at the draft but the league cut the time to make a pick in both first and second rounds.

    Overall its a long day no matter how you slice it. It always seems to have extra hype the day of the draft and the west coast football fans don't miss anything either.
    Couldn't have said it any better myself in the end (as with everything) it all comes down to $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

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    Re: Why does the draft start at 4 PM EST?

    I'll give my phone number. Someone text me our pick. I was going to watch our pick then head to work...but not any more. =/
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    Devaney, if you care about this team... fire the offensive coordinator!!!!

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    Re: Why does the draft start at 4 PM EST?

    Quote Originally Posted by general counsel View Post
    Look at the bright side TX. The members of the clan in the eastern and central US time zones no longer have to begin drinking beer at midnight the night before to be appropriately prepared for our first pick. Drinking can now commence at 6am saturday with plenty of time for appropriate consumption before we hand our our draft card in round one.

    ramming speed to all

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    maybe that explains the Rams recent draft success...
    was Ziggy and Shaw with you the last five years?

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    Re: Why does the draft start at 4 PM EST?

    its so us aussie guys can watch it without having to do an 'overnighter'

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