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NFL draft getting bigger in 2010?

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07:52 AM ET 04.28 | The NFL draft is big. It could be getting bigger. Much bigger. The NFL inched its annual draft toward prime time last weekend. Next April, the NFL is considering giving the first round its own day -- and a prime-time television slot. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday the league was discussing the possibility of staging the first round of the 2010 draft on a Thursday evening, the second and third rounds Friday evening and the final four rounds Saturday. The event would remain the cable television domain of ESPN and the NFL Network. "We're more confident now, with the timing of the first round, that it can fit a 3 1/2-hour window," Goodell said. "We think it can be very appealing from a fan's standpoint and an audience standpoint. "We'll talk to our teams about it. We have to see what impact this would have on them. But I think it has potential." The NFL has been pondering such a move for a few years, but there was one major obstacle -- those cumbersome six-hour first rounds. Goodell and the league had to figure out a way to shrink the opening round to fit into an abbreviated prime-time window.

Dallas Morning News

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