ESPN will not be in Tampa for NFL draft
This is odd. For the NFL draft, ESPN will dispatch reporters to eight NFL cities, but Tampa Bay is not one of them even though the Bucs have the third overall pick, three picks in the first 42 selections and five picks in the first 101 selections. Seems like Tampa Bay will be a hot spot. However, ESPN is sending reporters to San Francisco, New Orleans, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Seattle and Washington.
ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to televise all 15 hours of the draft, which will be held April 22-24. Chris Berman will again host the coverage with Jon Gruden, Tom Jackson, Mel Kiper, Jr., and Steve Young from ESPN’s main set at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Reporters Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter will report from a stage set, and reporter Suzy Kolber will conduct interviews in the green room and after players are selected. Also, analyst Todd McShay will contribute from ESPN's studios in Bristol.