REPORT: 2020 NFL Draft postponed, will not be held in Las Vegas

The 2020 NFL Draft has reportedly been delayed from its traditional April date due to the coronavirus outbreak. Pro Football Weekly’s Hub Arash reported on Saturday that a source indicated the draft, scheduled for April 23-25 on the Las Vegas Strip, will be postponed until May at the earliest and not be held in Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas strip was set to host the event for the first time in its history, with the event set to be held adjacent to The Bellagio hotel-casino. The draft has been held in various cities in recent years after a long run in New York City, with last year’s draft being held in Nashville, Tennessee.

*“According to my sources, Las Vegas is already canceled — it just hasn’t been announced yet — and the league will announce the Draft is being postponed until late May at least — as soon as the NFLPA’s decision on the new CBA is announced.”

The report regarding the draft comes in wake of North American sports virtually shutting down across the board due to the outbreak of COVID-19, better known as coronavirus. The NBA and NHL both suspended their regular seasons earlier in the week, while the NCAA canceled March Madness and all other championships for spring and winter sports. The Master golf tournament, two NASCAR race weekends and the start of the MLB regular season were also all postponed.

A case of the coronavirus was first reported in the Las Vegas area last week, just ahead of what was supposed to be one of the busiest stretches on the sports calendar in Las Vegas history with conference basketball tournaments, an influx of tourists for March Madness, the NFL Draft for the first-time ever, and potentially an appearance for the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

As far as the casino industry is concerned,[ the spread of the disease has forced Wynn Resorts to close the Las Vegas hotel-casino’s poker room, sports book, spas and salons effective Sunday.

I was in denial about this happening but you just knew it was gonna! FML!

NFL sources say this is fake.

You can do a draft without people. Hell, fantasy owners do it every season in their basement or garage.


Was only a matter of time and yeah this really sucks!!

Not gonna happen. The show will go on and this will be a fleeting memory in early April.

I need something with sports. Please don’t postpone or postpone NFL FA.

Governments and municipalities are banning groups of 250. That # will get tighter.

They could do an equivalent of an online draft but I’m sure they will prefer to wait it out in hopes of having the extravaganza. They can delay, as venues will be available due to the restrictions killing all their reservation and can spin it back up pretty fast if they see the tea leaves shift towards a relaxation, but yeah, this will be LATE May earliest. MLB is saying May earliest for reopening Spring Training…

April is going to be a write off. Everywhere, for everything. Go look at my record in the China thread if you doubt it.

At least they are not extending the FA date. That would have sucked bad.

Lion fan Super Bowl is FA and the draft. I guess the league don’t care if they only effecting the Lions and Brown fans.

I hope they do a draft in Vegas with no audience, keep the players at home. Might as well get it done, it could be much more difficult to do it later. Give people some entertainment without the risk of spreading the virus further.


I actually would love to see how they will do a draft via intercom myself!

Internet will then be the one getting sick and overloaded!!

Using the word intercom is enough to get you fired in today’s world of communications. It’s “collaboration” now, specifically video-conferencing. There really is an opportunity for a Cisco Webex, Avaya Spaces or Microsoft Teams sponsorship here. We already get little peaks into war rooms as is. Instead of cheeky surveillance cams in the corner of the room with grainy images, we should install top of the line video conferencing endpoints at each location and have them announce their own pick, streamed online and broadcast via ESPN/NFLN.

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I like intercom :upside_down_face:

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True story… Avaya was reluctant to release their last telephone line-up because it might reinforce that they were a “telephone” company. They’re trying to shake that image as it holds them back due to a general impression that it makes them low tech. Gotta be “software” and “cloud” to be relevant in tech. Cisco is also making the same transition from being identified as a “hardware” company. It’s all quite funny, but true. Professionals are as easily swayed by packaging and buzzwords as a guy standing among the impulse buy items in the check-out line at the grocery store. That’s what makes me smile about saying intercom… It’s the anti-buzz that would empty a room like cockroaches when the light comes on.

Lol - I’ll be that one rebellious cockroach and stay!! :boom::stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

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I’m sure Martha Firestone and few of the other owners would have no issues with that. LOL

“Roger, Martha is ready with their pick.”


Draft will proceed on April 23-25th

See, bro? “Innovative” LOL

Vegas shuts down. Bellagio, MGM Grande, Mandalay, Luxor, Wynn, Mirage all close til May 1