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Blockbuster ratings for NFL Draft underscore American hunger for sports’ return

first_imgYou were one of 15.7 million Americans peering into the man caves, home offices, family rooms — and, in the case of Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones, the cruise ship he calls a yacht — to watch the first-ever “virtual” NFL Draft on either ABC, ESPN or NFL Network.MORE: NFL Draft grades, analysis for Round 1That is a HUGE number. That’s a bit more than ABC averaged last June for its telecast of the NBA Finals. It’s just short of what last year’s Women’s World Cup final and Kentucky Derby drew as a broadcast audience.It’s especially impressive when one considers that the only sports action included in the telecast consisted of highlight tapes of the players selected, from games that were decided long ago. It also was not a draft with an enormous amount of suspense. Many of the players chosen in the first round were offensive tackles. It has been known for months that the Bengals would select Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick.That’s a 37 percent bigger audience, though, than the draft drew a year, when the average was 11.1 million. It shows there is a huge hunger for NFL programming generally, but in particular it underscores how hungry fans are for real live sports.MORE: TV coverage, schedule for Round IIThere has not been a game of consequence contested in the U.S. since the St. John’s-Creighton game in March 12 in the Big East Tournament was abandoned at halftime. The NCAA canceled its men’s and women’s basketball championships that day; the NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS and the NWSL all have suspended or delayed their seasons. What were you doing Thursday night?Oh, forget it, I already know. There are no current plans to relaunch any of those leagues, although provisional concepts for resuming competition have been contemplated by each of them.Germany’s Bundesliga currently is planning to resume its season May 9. Spain’s La Liga is shooting for a June return. The PGA Tour is planning to stage the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial from June 11 to 14, as long as it is OK’d by government officials. NASCAR might be able to race by mid-May.Whenever live sports are back on our televisions, it’s clear there will be a vast, hungry audience awaiting.last_img read more