The NFL will host its first virtual Draft ever. The glitzy event that was supposed to take place in Las Vegas, has been derailed by the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, GMs, coaches, players and analysts will participate from their homes and commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to announce first-round draft picks from his basement. Kenneth L. Shropshire, CEO of the Global Sport Institute at Arizona State University and award-winning columnist and Visiting Senior Practitioner for the Global Sport Institute, William C. Rhoden will be watching.
In this episode, they won't be debating whether Tua Tagovailoa goes to the Dolphins or Joe Burrow is a good fit for the Cincinatti Bengals. They'll ask - what happens after the Draft? How can the league keep players fit and get them back in stadiums in time for the start of the regular season in September?
They are joined by guests Andrew Brandt, Executive Director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law and James Lofton, CBS NFL Analyst. Brandt brings the the executive side to the conversation with his experience as an NFL agent and Vice President of the Greenbay Packers. Lofton, a pro football Hall of Famer and former coach of the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders brings the player/coach perspective.