Each spring, the NFL draft allows fans to hope their team’s fortunes will change based on who they select coming out of college.
But in 2021, things will be a little bit different.
And ESPN just made this major change to the NFL draft that left fans stunned.
Trey Wingo had been the host of EPSN’s NFL draft coverage as well as the NFL Live program.
But in September, Wingo’s contract expired and ESPN let him walk as part of a series of cost cutting measures.
ESPN settled on the new face of their NFL draft coverage – which ESPN has aired for over 40 years – as prominent host Mike Greenberg.
Greenberg is one of the biggest names remaining at ESPN and the network featuring him on the marquee NFL Draft broadcast makes sense.
Outkick.com exclusively reports, “Mike Greenberg will take over and replace Trey Wingo as the host of ESPN’s NFL Draft coverage this year, sources tell OutKick… In addition to Get Up, Greenberg hosts a daily radio show and an ESPN+ betting series. Greenberg is now prominently featured on ESPN’s TV channel, radio network, streaming service, and draft coverage.”
In 2020, the NFL draft recorded monster ratings with the first round, drawing 16 million viewers.
The draft took place in its traditional late-April window when the nation still believed it would take just 15 days to slow the spread and that number proved the country was starved for sports.
But the NFL – and every other league – squandered that goodwill with Black Lives Matter protests.
Now the top question hovering over the draft is will it be 100% virtual with Roger Goodell announcing the picks from his basement like in 2020 or – coming off the successful Super Bowl – will there be fans in attendance?
Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.