National Football League

NFL draft drew record attendance, TV ratings

The 2019 NFL Draft was the best-attended and most-watched draft in league history.

The NFL said Monday that more than 600,000 fans gathered in Nashville during the three-day event to soak in the draft atmosphere. The previous record was set in 2017, when 250,000 fans flocked to the streets of Philadelphia.

The draft, which aired on NFL Network, ESPN, ABC and affiliated digital channels, drew more than 47.5 million viewers on channels measured by Nielsen, an increase of 5 percent from 2018, and a draft record.

“The 2019 NFL Draft was a tremendous continuation of the celebration of the NFL’s 100th season and an opportunity to welcome the next generation of stars,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.

The 2020 draft will be held in Las Vegas, making it the first big event in what will be the NFL’s next destination. The Oakland Raiders are scheduled to begin play in Las Vegas in the 2020 season.

–Field Level Media

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