The National Football League was all set and ready to go to have a spectacular 2020 Draft in Las Vegas and on the fountains of the Bellagio. Then, the coronavirus changed everything after Rudy Gobert of the NBA tested positive and it basically let to every major sporting leagues shutting its doors.
The 2020 NFL Draft will no longer be held in Las Vegas, but according to Sam Farmer of the LA Times, the league has plans to hold the draft in a TV studio that will cut to live looks of the teams making their draft decisions.
“In a memo to all league employees this past week and obtained by The Times, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote: “Planning for the Draft is a good example of how we need to think differently, embrace technology and collaborate. We will also use the Draft to help support fans and those people impacted in our communities.”
Goodell continued: “While there have been changes to the way we work and some of our plans, we have an unwavering commitment to upholding the NFL’s legacy of unifying and lifting the spirit of America, and bringing out the best in our fans and in our communities around the world. You’ll hear more from us in the days and weeks ahead about how we intend to demonstrate that commitment well beyond our fields. And I hope you’ll share your ideas on how we can do that.”
Las Vegas has effectively been shut down fro 30 days because of the coronavirus outbreak and the city did not want the spread to get even worse.
The 2021 NFL Draft has already been assigned to Cleveland.