Global Sport Matters Podcast: What happens after Draft Night?

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE: Christian Wilkins of Clemson celebrates with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being chosen #13 overall by the Miami Dolphins during the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft on April 25, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE: Christian Wilkins of Clemson celebrates with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being chosen #13 overall by the Miami Dolphins during the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft on April 25, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

What happens after Draft Night?

Tonight, 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.