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Sirius is serious about NFL Draft coverage

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I mentioned in my Friday newspaper column that Sirius Satellite Radio offers a three-day free trial via the Internet, and that this weekend would be an excellent time to check it out, given the over-the-top lunacy, er, dedication of their draft gurus.

Here is the link for that.

It turns out ESPN and the NFL Network also will cover the draft, and if you don't have the NFL Network you can watch its coverage on NFL.com.

Click below for their raw, unedited news releases on that subject (as well as Sirius') assuming there is room enough for it all in cyberspace.

(By the way . . . Newsday is covering the draft as well.)ESPN at the 2008 NFL Draft

ESPN is covering the NFL Draft Saturday and Sunday (April 26-27) for the 29th consecutive year. Highlights:

NFL Draft-related content across 14 ESPN platforms: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPNU, ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD, ESPNEWS HD, ESPN International, ESPN.com, ESPN Radio, ESPNRadio.com, ESPN The Magazine and ESPN Mobile properties;

More than 16 hours of live television coverage from Radio City Music Hall;

More than 20 hours of NFL Draft-related coverage on ESPN Radio

ESPN International will offer coverage of Day 1 to more than 22 million households in 117 countries and territories;

ESPN Classic is airing 10 games from the 2007 college season showcasing projected top picks;


Chris Berman and Mel Kiper Jr. will lead a team of analysts and reporters for the 16 hours of live coverage April 26-27 on ESPN and ESPN2. Saturday’s four-hour SportsCenter Special: On the Clock at 11 a.m. will kickoff the day before the focus shifts to Radio City Music Hall when the NFL Draft telecast will begin at its new time of 3 p.m. Day 1 coverage will switch to ESPN2 at 8 p.m. and last until the conclusion of round 2. ESPN will televise all eight hours Sunday (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) with Trey Wingo hosting from New York for the first time with Cris Carter, Ron Jaworski, Kiper and Chris Mortensen, as well as a panel of NFL writers contributing from Bristol.


On Saturday, ESPNEWS will supplement its all-sports news approach with eight hours of “On the Clock” team-by-team previews, beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday. Director of college scouting Todd McShay and director of NFL scouting Jeremy Green of ESPN Scouts Inc., among other experts, will analyze one NFL division per hour -- 10 minutes "On the Clock" per team concluding with the Miami Dolphins, who will take Michigan’s Jake Long with the No. 1 overall pick, at 2:45 p.m. Once the Draft begins on ESPN at 3 p.m., ESPNEWS, along with its coverage of other sports news of the day, will provide analysis and reactions to picks, in addition to interviews with coaches, general managers and players. On Day 2, Draft-related content on ESPNEWS kicks off at 8 a.m. -- two hours before the start of round 3 -- and will continue throughout the day.


ESPN.com’s 2008 NFL Draft section includes comprehensive pre-draft coverage, as well as wall-to-wall coverage as it happens. The section houses ESPN’s DraftTracker and includes analysis and insight from the experts of Scouts Inc. and Kiper, in addition to Jeffri Chadiha, John Clayton, Matt Mosley, Mike Sando, Bill Williamson, James Walker, Pat Yasinskas and others. Pre-Draft coverage includes scouting reports by Scouts Inc. on approximately 350 prospects through ESPN’s DraftTracker; Kiper’s Big Board, tracking the Top 25 prospects through the evaluation process; regularly updated mock drafts; reports on individual workouts and evaluations of each team's draft needs and potential strategies. Rumor Central will track all of the whispers about who teams are targeting, possible trades and other inside information. During the Draft, ESPN.com’s DraftCast will enable users to follow and interact with the event in a variety of ways, including:

DraftTracker will update pick-by-pick data in real time, building out lists of selections by round, NFL team, position and college team;

Live chats with Scouts Inc. analysts (Green, Keith Kidd, McShay, Steve Muench)

Pick-by-pick analysis by Scouts Inc. evaluating individual players, and team needs and what to watch for with subsequent picks;

News and feature coverage throughout both days from staff writers and analysts.

ESPN Mobile Properties

ESPN Mobile Properties -- ESPN's wireless site, ESPN Mobile TV and ESPN MVP -- will give fans on-the-go access to draft-related news and information:

ESPN’s newly redesigned wireless site features a draft section complete with player profiles, analysis and rumors. ESPN.com’s favorite columnists are highlighted as well as player skill breakdowns from the experts at Scouts Inc.;

ESPN Mobile TV will have vignettes and features all week leading up to the draft. Coverage continues throughout each round with Green breaking down picks as they happen;

ESPN’s MVP will enable fans to get one-touch access to draft-related news, information and video.


ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network, will present extensive draft-related content Thursday, April 24 – Saturday, April 26, with college football games featuring several of the top 2008 prospects, including Louisville’s Brian Brohm, Arkansas’ Darren McFadden and Boston College’s Matt Ryan. In addition, on Wednesday, ESPNU will televise a special two-hour SportsCenterU: 2008 ESPNU Draft Special from 9-11 p.m. ESPNU signature anchor Lowell Galindo will host alongside college football analyst Charles Arbuckle, and ESPN Scouts Inc. recruiting directors Tom Luginbill and McShay, who will discuss and evaluate the individual skills of select players from the 2008 NFL Draft class.

ESPN International

ESPN International will offer coverage of Day 1 of the NFL Draft to more than 22 million households in 117 countries and territories on ESPN2 (Mexico, Central America, and the northern cone), ESPN2 Caribbean (English-speaking Caribbean), ESPN Africa, ESPN Middle East, ESPN Israel, ESPN Pacific Rim (Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands) and on NFL cleared territories on the North American Sports Network (NASN), the only European network dedicated to broadcasting the best North American sports.

ESPN Radio

Colin Cowherd, host of ESPN Radio’s The Herd, and ESPN.com’s Clayton will host ESPN Radio’s NFL Draft Day 1 coverage from Radio City Music Hall, beginning with a one-hour preview show at 2 p.m. On Sunday, Clayton will provide updates from site between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. ESPN Radio will complement two days of live, on-site coverage with Draft-related programming from its Bristol, Conn., studios to total more than 20 hours of coverage.

Date Time (ET) Program Commentators

Sat., Apr. 26 7 a.m. Erik Kuselias Show Erik Kuselias

10 a.m. Countdown to the NFL Draft Andy Gresh and Floyd Reese

2 p.m. NFL Draft Preview Show Colin Cowherd and John Clayton

3 p.m. The NFL on ESPN Radio Special Cowherd and Clayton

Sun., Apr. 27 10 a.m. The NFL on ESPN Radio Special Clayton and Jeremy Green

ESPN Classic

This week, ESPN Classic is airing 10 games from the 2007 college football season, showcasing many of the projected top NFL Draft picks. Remaining games on the schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game Prospects Featured

Thurs., Apr. 24 4 p.m. Cal vs. Oregon WR DeSean Jackson (Cal)

RB Jonathan Stewart (Oregon)

Fri., Apr. 25 1 p.m. Oregon State vs. USC DT Sedrick Ellis (USC)

3 p.m. Virginia Tech vs. LSU DT Glenn Dorsey, RB Jacob Hester and WR Early Doucet (LSU)

5 p.m. 2008 Rose Bowl: Illinois vs. USC QB John David Booty and TE Fred Davis (USC) and Rashard Mendenhall (Illinois)


To celebrate its annual NFL DRAFT issue, featuring the top prospects and its mock draft, ESPN The Magazine is hosting the ESPN The Magazine: Pre-Draft Party in New York City at Club Touch, Friday, April 25. The party will feature special live performances by artists Lil’ Mo & Mike Jones and will be hosted by BET’s 106 & Park host Rocsi. Members of the 2008 NFL Draft class expected to attend include: Glenn Dorsey (LSU), Vernon Ghloston (Ohio State), Jake Long (Michigan), Amir Pinnix (Minnesota), Ray Rice (Rutgers) and Matt Ryan (Boston College).


NFL Network Examines “The NFL Draft:

Is It an Art or Science?”

NFL Total Access Draft Recap Show on Monday, April 28

Draft Day programming begins at 11:00 AM ET featuring:

Ø “The NFL Draft: Is it an Art or a Science?” The theme running through NFL Network’s Draft weekend coverage will be: “Is the Draft an art or is it a science?” Steve Sabol and Mike Mayock tackle this topic with three features: “The Art of the Draft,” “The Science of the Draft” and “Is the Draft an Art or a Science?” Sabol takes a historical look at various draft strategies, Mayock looks at the facts and figures of past Drafts. Throughout the more than 24 hours of coverage, all NFL Network analysts will contribute to the topic.

Ø Quarterback Evaluation: Former NFL head coach Brian Billick, Charles Davis, and Jamie Dukes open the playbook on the topic of analyzing and evaluating quarterbacks for the NFL. Mike Mayock, Marshall Faulk, Steve Mariucci and Deion Sanders also weigh in on it.

Ø Charley Casserly sits down with Houston Texans DE Mario Williams to discuss their once criticized, but now hailed Draft Day experiences when Williams was selected No. 1 (by Casserly) over USC star running back Reggie Bush and Texas quarterback and Houston-native Vince Young.

Steve Mariucci sits down for a one-on-one interview with recently retired Packers QB Brett Favre.

Ø Deion Sanders talks to Darren McFadden: Sanders sits down with prospect McFadden to discuss his pre-draft experience, where he’d like to end up and what he looks forward to in the NFL.

Ø Mike Mayock’s Final Mock Draft: NFL Network Draft expert Mike Mayock, whose prior mock drafts have sparked much debate, unveils his final mock draft counting down from pick #32 to whom he thinks will go first.

Ø NFL Head Coaches spend time with NFL Network including Herm Edwards of the Kansas City Chiefs and Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints.

Fan Features:

Ø Jamie Dukes Sets the Scene: Dukes gives viewers a look the full fan on-site experience when he goes out into the NFL Draft Fan Central festival located outside of Radio City Music Hall on New York City’s 51st Street.

Ø “FanCam”: NFL Network will incorporate the voice of the fan throughout the telecast by featuring immediate, unaltered reactions and opinions captured in a fan confessional booth on location.

2008 DRAFT WEEKEND SCHEDULE (note: All times listed in ET)

Saturday, April 26

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – NFL Total Access Pre-Draft Show

3:00 PM – 11:00 PM 2008 NFL Draft Rounds 1-2

11:00 PM – 12:00 Midnight: NFL Total Access Day One Draft Coverage

Sunday, April 27

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM NFL Total Access Pre-Draft Show

10:00 AM – 7:00 PM 2008 NFL Draft Rounds 3-7

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM: NFL Total Access Day Two Draft Coverage

Monday, April 28

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM NFL Total Access Draft Recap Show

NFL Network’s Roster of Talent Covering the Draft:


Radio City Music Hall Main Set:

Þ Rich Eisen (Host)

Þ Mike Mayock (Draft Expert)

Þ Marshall Faulk (Analyst)

Þ Steve Mariucci (Analyst)

Radio City Music Hall Second Set:

Þ Charles Davis (Analyst)

Þ Jamie Dukes (Analyst)

Þ Brian Billick (Former NFL Head Coach)

On the Floor:

Þ Deion Sanders (Analyst – Draftee interviewer)

Þ Adam Schefter (On-Site Reporter)

Los Angeles:

Þ Fran Charles (Host)

Þ Alex Flanagan (Host)

Þ Charley Casserly (Analyst)

Þ Mike Lombardi (Analyst)

Þ Tom Waddle (Analyst)

Reporters at Team Facilities:

Þ Michelle Beisner (Atlanta Falcons)

Þ Paul Burmeister (Oakland Raiders)

Þ Scott Hanson (Miami Dolphins)

Þ Kara Henderson (New England Patriots)

Þ Derrin Horton (Dallas Cowboys)

Þ Solomon Wilcots (Cincinnati Bengals)


Radio City Music Hall:

Þ Rich Eisen (Host)

Þ Mike Mayock (Draft Expert)

Þ Charles Davis (Analyst)

Þ Jamie Dukes (Analyst)

Þ Adam Schefter (On-Site Reporter)

Los Angeles:

Þ Fran Charles (Host)

Þ Alex Flanagan (Host)

Þ Charley Casserly (Analyst)

Þ Mike Lombardi (Analyst)

Þ Tom Waddle (Analyst)


Multimedia Content Promotes NFL Network With First-Ever Two Day

Live Stream of Draft Coverage

For the first-time ever, fans can watch the Draft online as it happens. NFL.com will give fans access to NFL Network’s live telecast of the 2008 NFL Draft April 26 – 27 from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

NFL.com’s live coverage starts at 2:30 pm ET on Saturday, April 26 at NFL.com/Live. NFL.com will stream the final 30-minutes of NFL Network’s four-hour NFL Total Access pre-Draft show followed by Rounds 1 and 2 of the Draft. NFL.com’s coverage continues on Sunday, April 27 at 10:00 am ET with NFL Network’s telecast of Rounds 3 – 7.

NFL.com/Live will familiarize fans with NFL Network and its Draft coverage and will enhance the fan experience with additional content.

On Draft day, NFL.com enhances its free live coverage with an up-to-the-minute Draft Tracker that provides real-time selection information as well as exclusive pick-by-pick analysis from NFL.com’s Draft experts. Exclusive original video, as well as clips from NFL Network will supplement the information and analysis.

The Draft Tracker also allows fans to personalize their Draft day experience by selecting both an NFL team and their favorite college team. As players in either of those categories are drafted, fans will be notified on-screen instantly.

NFL.com brings fans onto the Draft floor through a variety of exclusive video content. This behind-the-scenes material from Radio City Music Hall includes features on the six Draft prospects, each of the team tables and the excitement in the audience. NFL.com will also provide exclusive video interviews from various team facilities throughout the weekend.

NFL.com is home to an extensive player database complete with profiles and scouting reports, Scouting Combine workout results and video clips from all of the 330+ participants and Pro-Day tracking. NFL.com also offers the most complete history of the Draft available online, allowing fans to look back at NFL Drafts from 1936 to the present.

NFL.com analysts PAT KIRWAN and GIL BRANDT will offer pick-by-pick analysis through all seven rounds. Senior columnists VIC CARUCCI and THOMAS GEORGE and NFL Network reporter ADAM SCHEFTER will report live from Radio City Music Hall, following all the storylines and developments on Draft day.

Fans also can match predictions with NFL Network analysts JAMIE DUKES, MARSHALL FAULK, SOLOMON WILCOTS and STEVE MARIUCCI in the NFL Predict the Pick game, in which participants forecast the entire first round of the Draft with a chance to win a trip to the 2009 NFL Draft. Immediately following the Draft, fans can voice their opinions by grading their teams’ Draft results through an interactive Fan Ballot.

NFL.com offers fans a social media widget for use on their social sites and blogs that provides up-to-date news and video links that are specific to NFL.com’s Draft coverage, as well as the Round 1 order and top prospect information.

Elements of NFL.com’s Draft coverage will be available via NFL Mobile on Sprint wireless service.


SIRIUS NFL Radio channel to broadcast live April 26-27 from NFL Draft Headquarters at Radio City Music Hall in New York City

Only radio broadcaster with live coverage of every pick from every round

NEW YORK – April 22, 2008 - SIRIUS Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI), the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NFL, will provide the most comprehensive radio coverage available of the 2008 NFL Draft, giving listeners nationwide live access as every pick from all seven rounds – 252 selections in all - is announced.

On Saturday, April 26, SIRIUS NFL Radio will broadcast live from NFL Draft headquarters at Radio City Music Hall in New York City from 2:00 pm ET through the end of the second round. On Sunday, April 27, SIRIUS’ on-site coverage continues at 10:00 am ET with the first pick of the third round through the draft’s final selection.

SIRIUS’ coverage will feature live announcements of all 32 teams’ selections plus in-depth analysis by SIRIUS’ lineup of NFL experts which includes: Gil Brandt, the renowned former VP of Player Personnel for the Dallas Cowboys whose innovative management and personnel systems are used by many pro and college teams today; Pat Kirwan, a former NFL scout, coach and front-office executive with more than 35 years of experience in player evaluation; Randy Cross, a six-time All-Pro offensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers and two-time All-American at UCLA; Tim Ryan, a former Chicago Bears defensive lineman and former captain and two-time All-American at USC; Vic Carucci, the national editor of NFL.com and an award-winning writer who has covered the NFL for nearly 30 years; Ross Tucker, a former NFL offensive lineman; and veteran SIRIUS NFL Radio voice Adam Schein. SIRIUS listeners will hear live interviews with top draft picks and players from around the country and team reactions from NFL coaches and general managers.

A wrap-up show covering all the news from Saturday will air until 4:00 am ET Sunday morning, hosted by Howard Balzer and Adam Caplan. Balzer and Dan Leberfeld will host the wrap-up after the Draft concludes on Sunday, providing NFL fans with live coverage until midnight ET. Hosts will recap each day’s events and get fan reaction from callers around the country.

On Thursday, April 24, SIRIUS NFL Radio’s midday show, The SIRIUS Blitz, hosted by Schein and former NFL quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, will air live (11:00 am – 3:00 pm ET) from the NFL Draft media luncheon at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Schein and Hasselbeck will be on-site conducting interviews with some of the top prospects in this year’s draft while providing SIRIUS listeners with the latest pre-draft news.

Subscribers can also listen to all of SIRIUS’ live NFL Draft coverage online with SIRIUS Internet Radio, the CD-quality, Internet-only version of the SIRIUS radio service. A free three-day trial of SIRIUS Internet radio is available at www.sirius.com/3forfree.

As the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NFL, SIRIUS airs every NFL game from the preseason through the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl. SIRIUS NFL Radio, channel 124, airs year-round providing NFL fans with the only 24/7 radio channel dedicated entirely to professional football, with live games, news and analysis daily, coverage of the NFL Draft, training camps, the NFL Combine, a fantasy football show and more.

For more information visit www.sirius.com/NFL.

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