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Report: Roger Goodell to announce first round picks from his basement

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be announcing 2020 draft picks from his basement on April 23rd.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announces a pick during the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The 2020 NFL Draft is just under two weeks away, and we are slowly getting clarity as to what the event will entail.

The draft is entirely virtual due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We will see a host of changes to what is normally a huge televised affair. The event was planned for Las Vegas, but that was the first change. ESPN and NFL Network will both televise the draft, but multiple reports have ESPN providing the bulk of the on-air talent.

The draft is going to feature a host of invited players who will be available online during the first round. On Sunday, we learned what Commissioner Roger Goodell has planned. He will announce picks while standing in the basement of his Bronxville, New York home, according to Peter King.

Something like this was expected, as it would have been bad optics having Goodell in an office or on a studio set somewhere. This allows the NFL to convey some kind of message as to how serious they’re taking the whole thing and how serious everybody else should take it.

The bigger question at this point is how fans can boo the commissioner when he is on camera. The NHL and NBA became well known for booing of the commissioner by the live draft audience, but NFL fans have joined in as well. Will the NFL pipe in some booing sounds? Will they encourage fans to boo via social media? This is clearly the most important thing to consider for April 23rd!