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ESPN, NFL Network pledge not to spoil NFL draft on Twitter

(Mary Altaffer / AP)

Two of the NFL’s broadcast partners have promised to keep their reporters from spoiling the suspense of the NFL draft Thursday night by tweeting draft picks before they’re announced by Commissioner Roger Goodell.

“Our staff [and] ESPN’s staff that is in the know will not be announcing picks,” Eric Weinberger, executive producer at the NFL Network, told’s Richard Deitsch. “As we all now, these guys can get each pick because the teams for years call the player they will pick before they pick them and that player, his family and his agent know he is getting picked. But in Round 1 and even in 2 and 3, [we] will not tip the pick.

“We want that drama so when Commissioner Goodell announces the pick, that is the first time the world hears where the player is going. I would also discourage non-ESPN and NFL Network ‘insiders’ from tipping picks but I can’t police them.”

Of course, that leaves two other TV outlets with reporters who’ve made no pledge.

“We’re not a broadcast partner for the draft,” Jason LaCanfora of CBS said before the draft last year. “I will be trying to get the information out as quickly and accurately as possible. What event is made more for Twitter than the NFL draft?”


After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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