Saturday, April 26, 2008


It's been more than a month since we've held the NFLN vs. ESPN contest, and what better day to do so than the NFL draft? If you're not familiar, this is a contest where I flip between ESPN and the NFL Network to determine which channel I'd rather watch. It's a contest that started when I declared the NFLN was better, so I decided to see if that was indeed the truth. Before today, the NFL Network lead ESPN 4-3 (If you want to see all the matchups, click on the NFLN vs. ESPN label underneath this post).

The NFL Network started crashing ESPN's draft party a few years ago, and I have always been reluctant to switch to the NFLN for draft coverage. With the late start time to the draft this year, I decided to take that time to see which network I should go with. The winner: NFL Network.

All the NFL Network does is cover the NFL, so you'd have to think they would be on top of this thing. In the beginning, it seems like the NFLN was crashing ESPN's party, now it seems like it's only a matter of time before ESPN is kicked out of Radio City Music Hall. The NFLN pregame has just been sharper. Better analysis, better interviews, better rumors (Adam Schefter being all over the Ravens possibly trading up to pick number two). The only thing ESPN had going for it was an interview with Roger Goodell, but of course that'd be an interview the NFL Network would get as well. They had him interviewed by Rich, Marshall, and Mooch, while ESPN went to a one on one with Berman. Let me tell you, the last thing I want to do today is sit here for seven hours and listen to Chris Berman. I'm with the NFLN, leather. (Also, Suzy Kolber annoys me).

Better talent, better analysis, better insight. If it's the draft put on by the league, why wouldn't you watch the network put on by the league. I'm just glad I have the option.



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