A week from today, the NFL will hold its annual selection meeting in New York City. The Draft has become one of the biggest sporting events of the year and has turned into a must-see television event now spanning three days. As a huge NFL Draft nut, it got me thinking... what if a draft was held consisting of NFL announcers and media personalities? What if we got a few of the best minds and writers together in one place to hold that fantasy draft and Roger Goodell hypothetically announced names like Cris Collinsworth, Jim Nantz, Mike Mayock, and Jon Gruden? What if we had the chance to build our own fantasy networks to broadcast the NFL? This idea came to fruition in the form of the AA NFL Media Fantasy Draft.
We invited three experts to take part in the draft and be the GMs of their own networks. First is Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated, one of the most respected sports media writers in the country. Second is John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, who breaks and reports more sports media news than anyone in the industry. Third is Paul Pabst, Executive Producer of The Dan Patrick Show, with years of experience working in the sports media and an integral part of one of the most successful national sports talk shows. And the fourth drafter is, well, me... because I work here.
Our draft lasted nine rounds and each of us were tasked with filling the same positions to create our own network that covers the NFL consisting of:
2 Announce teams (Play by Play, Game Analyst)
1 Studio Host
2 Studio Analysts
1 Wild Card
For the sake of simplicity and clarity, imagine each network having an equal amount of games consisting of equal stature. The possibilities are endles. Al Michaels calling games with Troy Aikman. James Brown in the studio with Trent Dilfer. Gus Johnson finally getting the chance to fill a top network slot. Hopefully you'll have your own thoughts and opinions on the draft and who you would pick to build your own NFL talent base. At the end of the draft, we want you to play Mel Kiper Jr. (or Mayock, McShay, or draftnik of choice) and tell us who you think did the best job building their network. At the conclusion of the draft will be links to each network page that will have the entire roster as well as the network philiosophy of each GM. Our poll is located at the conclusion of the draft and on each network's page and will be open until the real NFL Draft begins next week.
The AA Fantasy Draft produced many moments of intrigue and drama, reaches and steals, and surprises until the very end. The only things we were missing were the hats and jerseys. Here's the full draft results...