NFL Kicks Off 2010 Draft In Primetime

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The NFL Draft is going primetime - almost.

As expected, the pro football league has moved its college selection process to three days next April, kicking off on a Thursday night from Cablevision's Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan.

The 75th NFL Draft will begin on Thursday April 22, 2010 from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., putting the first round of the selection soiree into the midst of broadcast's primetime slate. Rounds two and three will follow on Friday April 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., with rounds four through seven scheduled for Saturday April 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

From 1995 through 2009, the draft has been held on Saturday and Sunday.

The most recent iteration of the draft on April 25-26 cumed a record 39 million viewers, including a combined average of 6.3 million viewers for ESPN and NFL Network's first-round coverage.

"We continue to look for ways to make the draft more accessible to more fans," said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement. "Moving the first round to prime time on Thursday night will make the first round of the draft available to fans on what is typically the most-watched night of television."

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