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What channel is the NFL Draft on today? Start times, TV schedule for Day 1, Day 2 & Day 3

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The 2021 NFL Draft is on the clock. 

It’s been a long and winding road to get to the 2021 draft, with the coronavirus pandemic significantly altering the way that viewers — and teams — operated for 2020.

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This year, though, the NFL Draft is turning back to some semblance of normalcy, with Cleveland, Ohio hosting the draft after an all-virtual affair in 2020. While only 13 prospects will be in attendance this year, 58 in total are expected to be involved in some way, meaning there will be plenty of draft night shenanigans surrounding poor wifi signals this Thursday.

So, get prepared to hunker down in front of your TV and watch the unfortunate slide of one — or many — prospects entering this week’s Round 1.

Here’s what you need to know about this year’s NFL Draft broadcasts:

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What channel is the NFL Draft on today?

  • TV channels: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes
  • Live stream: ESPN app | NFL app | fuboTV | DAZN (in Canada)

All three days of the NFL Draft will be broadcast on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network. ESPN Deportes will carry the Spanish-language broadcast. 

NFL Network

The league’s media arm is pulling out all the stops for this year’s draft. 

Day 1: At the desk will be host Rich Eisen (his 17th NFL Draft covered), draft analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis and Stanford head coach David Shaw for Thursday’s first round. Kurt Warner, Joel Klatt, Ian Rapoport and Melissa Stark round out the group for the day.  

Day 2: Friday evening’s Day 2 features a few changes: Eisen, Jeremiah and Davis return to the table, while Klatt joins them for the second and third rounds. Chris Rose and Peter Schraeger join Rapoport and Stark for ancillary content.

Day 3: Rounds 4 through 7 feature a five-man team of Eisen, Jeremiah, Davis, Schraeger and Rapoport. 

ESPN

The Mouse Family of networks will also be sending some of its best for this year’s draft, starting with the Mothership:

Day 1 and 2: Mike Greenberg earns hosting duties for this year’s draft, and he will be flanked by senior draft analyst Mel Kiper and analysts Louis Riddick and Booger McFarland. Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter and Suzy Kolber round out the team.

Day 3: Rece Davis hosts both the ABC and ESPN editions on the Rounds 4 through 7 simulcast, and he will be surrounded by Kiper, McShay, Riddick, Mortensen and Schefter.

ABC

ABC will be carrying the NFL Draft once again in 2021, with some ESPN talent heading over to the cable network to host:

Day 1 and 2: Rece Davis, host of College Gameday, will be leading the broadcast alongside Maria Taylor on Day 1 and 2 for ABC. He will be joined by college football analysts Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard, along with ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay. Jesse Palmer and David Pollack will round out the broadcast crew.

Day 3: Davis hosts the ABC/ESPN simulcast on Saturday, with Kiper, McShay, Riddick, Mortensen and Schefter providing analysis for the closing rounds.

ESPN Deportes

ESPN Deportes will be presenting a Spanish language broadcast over all three days, as well, with Eduardo Varela and Pablo Viruega providing coverage.

What time does the NFL Draft start today?

Three different days and seven different rounds of the NFL Draft have three different start times:

Round Day Date Start time
1 Thursday April 29 8 p.m. ET
2-3 Friday April 30 7 p.m. ET
4-7 Saturday May 1 Noon ET

Thursday’s first-round gets underway in primetime, with an 8 p.m. ET start time across the board. Each team will have 10 minutes to make a pick, meaning the first round will end around midnight ET, plus added broadcast time.

Friday’s second and third rounds get underway at 7 p.m. ET. Each team will have seven minutes to make a selection in Round 2, with that number dropping to five minutes in Round 3. 

The fourth through seventh rounds on Saturday get underway at noon. Rounds 3 through 6 allows teams five minutes to make a selection, with Round 7 dipping to four minutes per selection.

2021 NFL Draft TV schedule

Round Day Date Start time TV channels
1 Thursday April 29 8 p.m. ET ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes
2-3 Friday April 30 7 p.m. ET ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes
4-7 Saturday May 1 Noon ET ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes

Thursday’s first first round gets underway at 8 p.m. on ABC, ESPN, NFL Network and ESPN Deportes. 

Saturday’s Rounds 4 through 7 will be simulcast on ABC and ESPN. NFL Network rounds out its coverage 

2021 NFL Draft live stream

There are a number of different streaming services and platforms which offer ESPN, NFL and ABC networks and apps. Most video game consoles carry apps, along with smart TVs (internet required).

For those without cable, there are a number of options for streaming services at your disposal below:

In Canada, the NFL Draft can be streamed live on DAZN, which includes NFL Network coverage and offers a free trial period for new subscribers.

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Clippers’ Paul George misses crucial free throws in stunning Game 2 loss to Suns

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Clippers' Paul George misses crucial free throws in stunning Game 2 loss to Suns

The box score from Tuesday’s Suns-Clippers game — a pivotal Game 2 win for Phoenix in the Western Conference finals — will show Paul George had a decent game.

Twenty-six points, on 10-of-23 shooting; six assists; six rebounds; and 5-of-10 shooting from the free throw line. He also scored his team’s last six points, all within the last minute, to help the Clippers to a 103-102 lead with just 8.2 seconds remaining.

The only stats that ultimately mattered in the Clippers’ 104-103 loss, however, were the final two free throws George — a career 84.7-percent free throw shooter — missed. They ultimately allowed Phoenix a chance at an unbelievable comeback victory, which may prove costly even as the series heads back to LA.

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Had George sunk both of those shots, the Suns would have needed a 3-pointer just to send the game to overtime. Had he sunk even one shot, they would have needed a 2-pointer. But he missed both, allowing the Suns to win on an inbound dunk with less than a second remaining:

Credit to Deandre Ayton, Jae Crowder and the Suns. That play will go down as one of the top plays in NBA playoffs history. But every heartbreaking loss needs a goat, and no one fits the bill better than “Playoff P,” who could have secured a win for his team with the simplest of basketball scoring plays.

Here’s the bright side for the Clippers, if there is one: They have already overcome 2-0 deficits in each of their first two series against the Mavericks and Jazz, respectively. That’s likely a cold comfort as George and Co. head back to LA, however. The scathing Twitter comments aimed at George likely won’t do anything to help, either:

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Athletics’ Sergio Romo pulls down pants during substance check

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Athletics' Sergio Romo pulls down pants during substance check

MLB pitchers aren’t taking kindly to the league’s new foreign substance rules.

Athletics pitcher Sergio Romo seemed particularly annoyed that the umpires performed a substance check on him Tuesday night.

After working a one-run seventh inning for Oakland, the umpire beckoned for Romo to come over for the check. Romo responded to the moment by tossing his hat and glove to the ground and whipping his belt off.

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Then came Romo’s final act. He pulled his pants halfway down to prove that he wasn’t harboring any illegal substances.

Romo certainly made his point, but Dan Iassogna, the umpire checking him, didn’t seem too bothered by his high jinks. In fact, the umpire flashed a smile at Romo, who the broadcast described as “heated.”

Romo wasn’t alone in being bothered by the substance check on Tuesday. Max Scherzer was checked for foreign substances three times in the first four innings of the Nationals-Phillies game and became increasingly irritable with each examination. He directed his rage at Phillies manager Joe Girardi, who was later ejected for jawing at Scherzer. The checks didn’t seem to faze the three-time Cy Young winner too much; he earned the win, pitching five innings while giving up just a run and striking out eight.

Needless to say, these antics will be fairly common as MLB attempts to implement these rule changes on the fly.

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Nationals’ Max Scherzer feuds with Phillies’ Joe Girardi over substance checks

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Nationals' Max Scherzer feuds with Phillies' Joe Girardi over substance checks

MLB’s new sticky substance rules are already causing havoc, and resulted in a feud between Nationals ace Max Scherzer and Phillies manager Joe Girardi on just their second day since being implemented.

Scherzer was checked for foreign substances three times in his first four innings against Philadelphia. He came up clean each time. The Washington starter didn’t look happy about his first check of the game after the opening frame.

That said, all starters will be checked for foreign substances under MLB’s new protocols, so that was expected.

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What wasn’t expected was that Scherzer would be checked after the third inning as well. He finally drew the line when Girardi requested that Scherzer be checked in the middle of the fourth inning.

The feud between Scherzer and Girardi reached its boiling point in the fifth inning. Scherzer stared at Girardi on his walk back to the dugout after retiring the Phillies in order, and Girardi took exception to it. He came running out of the dugout yelling at Scherzer and was ejected while the pitcher mocked him from a distance.

Be prepared to see more of these mini squabbles and frequent substance checks. Managers have the right to have the opposing pitchers checked, so they will likely take advantage of this as baseball implements this major rule change on the fly.

Though the Scherzer-Girardi feud was amusing, it’s certainly not a feather in MLB’s cap. If anything, it’s a bad omen that the league’s hastily made protocol changes could result in more conflicts, slowdowns and controversies as umpires figure out how to properly deal with them.

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