The 2020 NFL Draft begins tonight. Rather than taking place live in Las Vegas, the first ever virtual draft will bring all of us to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s basement. (Check out the work from home set ups of some of the coaches ahead of the Draft.) Coaches, officials, invited prospects, and football commentators will all be joining from their homes, or while social distancing in-studio.
The Draft will start with the Cincinnati Bengals getting the first overall pick. You can find the full 2020 NFL draft order on ESPN.
A Draft-A-Thon fundraiser will be held throughout the Draft, raising money for six charities that are providing coronavirus relief. The virtual fundraiser will support the American Red Cross, the CDC Foundation, Feeding America, Meals on Wheels, the Salvation Army and the United Way.
Want to take part in giving back while watching? Bud Light is helping fans keep up with a Draft tradition while helping others. For each person who sends a tweet with a “boo” to Goodell, tagging @budlight and using the hashtag #BootheCommish, the beer company will send the message to the commissioner and donate $1 to the Draft-A-Thon.
How to Watch the First Round of the 2020 Draft
Thursday, April 23 at 8 pm ET.
ESPN, ABC, and NFL Network.
Watch Free with an Antenna
ABC will be covering the draft with hosts Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer and Maria Taylor. Many US households can watch ABC for free with an antenna. Check out Antenna Web to find out what you can get with an antenna where you live.
Watch Free with Sling TV Happy Hour
Sling TV is airing NFL Draft Day coverage on NFL Network for free, as part of its Happy Hour. Happy hour is from 5pm to midnight every night and you can access it by registering for free, no credit card required, on the Sling website.
Other Streaming Options
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