By: John Mamola
The NFL is not letting the cat out of the bag anymore!!
ESPN and the NFL Network told SI.com that they agreed to not use social media tools (i.e. Twitter/Facebook) to reveal draft picks before they are announced by Commissioner Roger Goodell on stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
According to SI.com, this includes the first two rounds of the draft only, which begin Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.
"Our fans have told us they would rather hear from the commissioner and I think it is a better TV show when we speculate and let the commissioner do it," ESPN NFL senior coordinating producer Seth Markman told SI.com. "I have said in the past that (ESPN reporters) Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen can basically announce all the picks before they are made if they really wanted to. It goes against a lot of our instincts as journalists and it's totally different than anything I deal with, but we feel like it is a win for the fans and our viewers."
Schefter said that Twitter is "such a part of the life we live now so it just figures it would extend to the NFL draft."
However there will be some hints to who will be selected next according to one NFL Network executive. NFL Network producers will be given the team picks from the league 30 to 60 seconds before the selection is announced so they can align graphics and be ready for the show production.
Starting 8p Thurs till after 1st rd, no tweets from me. Every worthwhile development will be broadcast on ESPN. We hear u. Enjoy the draft.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 24, 2013