FOX will televise 2018 National Football League draft

In addition to ESPN's coverage FOX will also televise the 2018 NFL Draft

The draft has always been a superior television viewing experience than attending the event live - though more than 70,000 fans flocked to Philadelphia last season to watch Round One unfold.

Fox, which recently signed a five-year deal with the NFL to air Thursday Night Football, will reportedly carry the NFL Network feed of the Draft.

Florio also reported the NFL had been looking to move the draft to a major broadcast network for at least a year, with the league hoping to capitalize on what will be an even larger potential TV audience. But that day has come, and with FOX and NFL Network now showing the draft together, it's a competition ESPN is likely to lose. According to Florio, Fox will use the NFL Network television feed.

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Fox inked a reported $550 million deal with the NFL in January to broadcast Thursday Night Football through the 2022 season, after CBS and NBC shared that responsibility in 2017.

The first round of the NFL Draft is scheduled to take place on April 26th.

Putting the draft on Fox will allow the event to reach viewers who don't have cable, furthering efforts in recent years to bolster interest in one of the NFL's offseason highlights.

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