- Round 1: Thursday, April 23, 8pm ET
- Rounds 2 and 3: Friday, April 24, 7pm ET
- Rounds 4-7: Saturday, April 25, noon ET
- Where: Online feeds from 32 team headquarters
- Broadcast: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
- Streaming Services: Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, Fubo TV, YouTube TV
Live sports finally returns on Thursday night when the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft begins on a feed consisting of streams from the houses and team headquarters of various NFL owners, coaches, and executives. The NFL’s annual April event was scheduled to be held in Las Vegas for the first time in its history but has been transformed into an all-online draft due to the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—both say it’s safest to maintain social distancing due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
HOW TO STREAM 2020 NFL DRAFT
The consensus among league sources and scouts is 2019 Heisman-winner and LSU quarterback Joe Burrow will be selected first overall by the Cincinnati Bengals. The former Ohio State player won his new school its third national title this season, going 15-0 in the process, and at this point is such a lock to go No. 1 it’s not worth considering otherwise. The biggest questions worth asking are the fates of fellow QBs Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert: Who is selected first? Will there be a slide if one makes it out of the top 5? Will a team trade up with Detroit to pick one at No. 3?
The Dolphins and Chargers are picking fifth and sixth respectively, and are the two teams expected to be looking at taking a QB. Neutrals will also be interested in what happens in New England, with the Patriots rumored to be considering trading up as high as the top five to draft a replacement at QB for the legendary Tom Brady.
Here’s what you need to know about streaming the action live.
Stream the 2020 NFL Draft live: 5 ways to watch the draft online
Sling TV is still running its happy hour promotion, where users can have a free trial without entering their credit card information. Sling’s happy hour runs from 5pm-12am ET every day, allowing sports fans to watch the 2020 NFL Draft for free.
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For a more à la carte service, look to Sling TV. It offers two cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. If you grab them both (Sling Orange + Blue) you can save $10 per month. Sling Blue offers more bang for your buck with over 40 channels, including sports necessities like FS1, NBCSN, and NFL Network. You’ll also gain access to the usual cable mainstays like Food Network, Discovery, Cartoon Network, SYFY, and FXX. Whichever package you choose, you can save $10 on your first month. Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.
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Hulu Live TV is one of the most popular ways to stream live TV, perhaps because you gain access to a massive library of on-demand content including classic and current TV shows, movies, not to mention Hulu’s original programming. As far as live-streaming goes, you’ll have a ton of local, entertainment, and sports channels to flip through, including HGTV, a full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, and even deep cuts like Nat Geographic and Syfy.
There’s a good chance that you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs. The second you sign up, you’ll gain instant access to 45+ channels, including local channels and even free HBO in the Plus and Max channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR, which lets you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.
FuboTV was built from the ground up with sports fans in mind. There are different channel packages available whether you’re looking for basketball, soccer, golf, or even outdoor sports like rock climbing. But no worries, all the great cable channels you’re after are here too, including Viceland, Bravo, and IFC.
YouTube TV is a great solution for families because one subscription can add up to six accounts, and each account comes with unlimited cloud DVR. You can’t beat the variety, either: There are sports channels like NBCSN, NBA TV, and four ESPN channels, while Disney, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and Cartoon Network will keep any kid (or kid at heart) busy for hours. It also comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. AMC, BBC America, and IFC are there too, so you won’t miss out on all that prestige TV. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
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