First Posted: 4/27/2012 3:53:04 PM | Last Updated: 4/27/2012 4:14:37 PM
By Andy Furman
I don’t get it.
But I don’t get a lot of things.
This NFL draft – the buzz surrounding it. I’d much rather attend a pre-season NFL game than sit through a red carpet affair with no names kids that may never see the light of day in the National Football League.
Yet, there are parties – and credit the league – they do it up big. Gala event at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.
And the players – I mean they’re dressing to the nines. Wonder where they get that kind of cash.
That may be a story for another day.
This is the second year the draft festivities went prime time – starting Thursday and rolling into Saturday.
And although they had not one but two Stanley Cup hockey playoff games – game seven – on that Thursday the NFL draft, I’m sure, garnered the top ratings.
Again, I don’t get it.
But what the NFL has done is what Major League Baseball hasn’t. They’ve created not only a nitch, but they’ve involved reality TV into their product.
We haven’t missed a day of NFL news since the Super Bowl ended. Be it eavesdropping in New Orleans along with bounty news.
The Andrew Luck No. 1 draft slot news, and how can we forget both Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning.
In short, it’s a stroke of genius.
And in just a few months we’ll be treated to HBO’s Hard Knocks show – several weeks of teams behind the scenes in their training camp.
Again, reality TV at its best.
Could baseball do this?
Should baseball do this?
Yeah, Opening Day was great for baseball – but the real Opening Day doesn’t come until September.
That’s when the NFL kicks off.
It started this weekend.