ABC will join 2019 NFL Draft coverage

ABC will join sister Disney-owned channel ESPN and the NFL Network in providing live prime-time coverage of the 2019 NFL Draft.

The networks will bring live coverage of the draft from Nashville on April 25, 26 and 27. ABC and ESPN will provide separate broadcast crews on April 25 and 26, but will simulcast on April 27 for the draft’s final four rounds.

“ESPN is constantly seeking opportunities to innovate and expand our coverage of major events, and the NFL draft is a perfect example of that. There is no better way to celebrate 40 years of working with the NFL to grow the draft than to bring the considerable assets of The Walt Disney Company to Nashville,” said ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro.

“With ESPN networks and platforms, and the addition of ABC as the exclusive broadcast home to the draft, we will bring more resources than ever before as we introduce fans to the next generation of NFL players.”

In 2018, FOX simulcast coverage with the NFL Network, while ESPN provided its own independent coverage.