College Game Day coming to Big 12 championship site for NFL Draft programming

ESPN is making a novel move for its coverage of the NFL Draft, bringing its College Game Day for programming that could have heavy Big 12 flair throughout the draft.

Baker Mayfield’s potential NFL Draft location will be among the draft’s most followed storylines.  And with the draft happening in the same location where Mayfield led the Sooners to the Big 12 championship in December will make it even more interesting.

The Sports Business Daily reports that ESPN will be bringing College GameDay to Arlington, Texas, to  the event for the first time. The facility has hosted the Big 12 title game in every season it has been staged since it opened. The game was played in 2008-09, and then returned after an 8-year gap.

Rece Davis will host from a set from the NFL Draft Experience  outside of AT&T Stadium. Among those appearing with him are Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack.

Pre-draft show and Big 12 coverage during draft

ESPN will feature a two-hour pre-draft show before the first round on April 26 and another hour on the following day. And then starting at 8 p.m., the “GameDay” crew will move to ESPN2 to cover the draft from a more college football-centric view.

It’s an intriguing notion that will allow ESPN to grab a wider slice of the football-viewing audience by appealing to NFL and college football fans alike. The Big 12 will be heavily featured.

And it will be interesting to see the ratings of the college-heavy programming compared to other draft coverage.

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