Report: NFL Draft to be held in-studio due to coronavirus outbreak

Matt Weyrich
NBC Sports Washington

NFL officials are in the process of determining a new plan for hosting the league's upcoming draft after canceling plans to hold it in Las Vegas, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

According to the report, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to teams last week, explaining that "planning for the Draft is a good example of how we need to think differently, embrace technology and collaborate. We will also use the Draft to help support fans and those people impacted in our communities."

The league is considering hosting the draft in a "studio setting" with cameras set up at each team's headquarters - but it's not yet known how exactly that will work. With no plans to move back the draft past its originally scheduled April 23-25 dates, Goodell mentioned in his memo that he welcomed input from owners on how best to host the event.

"While there have been changes to the way we work and some of our plans, we have an unwavering commitment to upholding the NFL's legacy of unifying and lifting the spirit of America, and bringing out the best in our fans and in our communities around the world," Goodell wrote. "You'll hear more from us in the days and weeks ahead about how we intend to demonstrate that commitment well beyond our fields. And I hope you'll share your ideas on how we can do that."

To date, the coronavirus pandemic has forced the cancellation of the annual league meeting and indefinitely delayed the start of OTAs. Free agency is well underway, but most players are signed to deals pending physicals that might not happen until the virus is under control.

At least for now, the start of the 2020 season is still set for Sept. 10.

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