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In virtual NFL draft, Roger Goodell stills hears boos nationwide

Thanks to video conferencing software, the NFL commissioner still gets the business from fans.
In this still image from video provided by the NFL, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks from his home in Bronxville, N.Y., during the NFL football draft Thursday.
In this still image from video provided by the NFL, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks from his home in Bronxville, N.Y., during the NFL football draft Thursday. [ AP ]
Published Apr. 24, 2020|Updated Apr. 24, 2020

The novel coronavirus may have taken a lot of pageantry and personal interaction from this year’s draft, but one tradition remains alive and hissing.

Thanks to video conferencing software set up in a makeshift studio in his Bronxville, N.Y., home, commissioner Roger Goodell was able to pipe in live boos from fans across the nation, including Hall of Famer Michael Strahan. Check out the clip below.

“It’s a draft tradition,” Goodell said, “and one I genuinely enjoy.”

The boos continued preceding many of Goodell’s selections. Before 11 p.m., the hashtag #BooTheCommish already had been tweeted more than 39,000 times.

Goodell said he’d also miss the hearty embraces he typically gets from draftees as they reach the stage during conventional live draft broadcasts.

“My body won’t miss them, but I sure will,” Goodell said.