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NFL draft: Roger Goodell will announce first-round picks from his house

The NFL draft will be based out of ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Conn., but the person announcing first-round picks will be doing so from his well-appointed home.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell defended his decision to postpone the Ravens game six days because of a coronavirus outbreak — and not do the same for the Broncos when a position group was wiped out. 
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell looks on before this year’s Super Bowl.
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This month’s NFL draft will be based out of ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Conn., but the person announcing first-round picks will be doing so from his well-appointed home.

Commissioner Roger Goodell will announce the first 32 selections from his house, the NFL said Monday.

The draft, which runs from April 23-25, will be aired by ABC, ESPN and NFL Network. ABC will air its own prime-time telecast for Rounds 1-3, while NFL Network and ESPN will combine to offer the same broadcast for all seven rounds. The league said a limited number of television hosts will be allowed inside ESPN’s studios.

The league will hold a three-day fundraiser to benefit six coronavirus charities.

The draft was originally scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, though those plans were scuttled when the coronavirus made large gatherings impossible.