How to Watch the 2020 NFL Draft
As all of us football fans know, the NFL Draft is going virtual in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The big event was originally going to be held in Las Vegas for the first time, but now team selections will take place with everyone at home.
The NFL Draft will go as planned on April 23–25 at 8 p.m. (ET) with the Cincinnati Bengals selecting the number one overall pick.
This year, 2020, marks the 85th meeting of the NFL, and the show must go on. We are here to tell you how you can watch this event (for free and with a subscription) to enjoy a three-day distraction during this difficult time.
What channel will the NFL Draft be on?
If you don’t have one of these four channels, we have some recommendations.
The NFL Draft will air on ESPN, ESPN2, NFL Network, and ABC for livestream.
Don’t have one of these channels? Well, we have some recommended streaming services, cable TV providers, and satellite TV providers that do.
Who doesn’t want to see if LSU’s Joe Burrow is actually picked up by the Bengals? Or if the Washington Redskins are smart enough to take Ohio State’s Chase Young?
Where can I watch the NFL Draft live?
The Draft will be broadcast on satellite TV, cable TV, and multiple streaming services.
If you have these TV services, you’re ready to watch good ol’ Roger Goodell on the podium for three days (*boooo*).
If not, we recommend these TV services for the NFL Draft. Especially Sling TV, because guess what? You get to watch the Draft for free with Sling TV! No need to even give them your credit card info.
We recommend these services to avid sports fans (such as yourself, if you’re reading this) and not just for the Draft.
|Provider||Connection Type||Available channels||Monthly price||Learn more|
|YouTube TV||Streaming||85||$64.99*||View Plan|
|Xfinity TV||Cable||260||$49.99–$104.99‡||View Plans|
|Hulu + Live TV||Streaming||65||$54.99*||View Plans|
Sling TV is graciously giving everyone free access to watch the NFL Draft (we know we are super excited about this!).
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sling is offering its Sling Blue package for free during primetime hours, which includes the NFL Network channel! So enjoy this channel and and 46 other channels at 5 p.m. (ET) to midnight each night.
In our best streaming services piece, we named Sling best live-TV budget pick because you can enjoy up to 47 great channels for just $30 per month. Most live TV streaming services hover around the $50 monthly price.
Sling TV is perfect for budget-minded people, and after the NFL Draft, you’ll get to enjoy MSNBC, HGTV, CNN, TBS, and more.
Check out our full review on Sling TV to see if its the perfect service for you and your family.
YouTube TV has ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC for you to watch the NFL Draft in late April.
There’s no question about why we chose YouTube TV as the best streaming service for sports, but it is missing one key channel: NFL Network. And we know it’s especially important for football aficionados.
With DIRECTV, the $44.99/month ENTERTAINMENT package and above will give you ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3.
What’s NFL SUNDAY TICKET?
Only every football fan’s dream. You get all out-of-market NFL football games right on your TV, and you’ll basically get all in-market games with DIRECTV’s channel lineup.
You’ll also get NFL Red Zone, which is a channel that will jump to whichever team is inside the 20-yard line with a chance to score. So you’ll get to see the most exciting parts of the game.
Now tell us you don’t want that. If you want more details, check out our DIRECTV review.
Xfinity’s Starter plan is enough to do the job. For $49.99 per month, or the price of a few DoorDash meals, you’ll get ESPN and ESPN2, but no NFL Network.
And vise versa for $59.99/month Preferred plan. You’ll get NFL Network, but not ESPN and ESPN2.
Hulu + Live TV
Hulu + Live TV has a solid sports channel lineup, and that includes ESPN and ESPN2 (sadly, not NFL Network). So Hulu will satisfy your NFL Draft watching.
If you want more details to see if Hulu + Live TV is for you, check out our full review.
Where can I watch the NFL Draft for free online?
Sling TV is giving you a free ticket to front row seats on your couch during the NFL Draft. How can you pass that up?
Ohter than Sling TV, you may not be able to watch the NFL Draft online for free, but ABC will show some of the Draft on a free-to-air basis.
You’re going to want the ESPN or NFL Network channel to experience the entire event.
You can watch the NFL Draft online on NFL.com/watch, ESPN.com/watch, or ABC.go.com, but you’ll have to sign in to your cable or satellite TV provider account.
Recap: So which service should you get for the NFL Draft?
These are the five service providers we recommend for the NFL Draft, and they’ll likely satisfy your sports addiction afterward. There’s a reason to want all of them, and the decision can be difficult, but let us help you decide:
- YouTube TV: YouTube TV has ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC, but not NFL Network. But it was named the best streaming service for sports by us due to its number of sports channels and unlimited-storage DVR.
- DIRECTV: This satellite provider offers ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and NFL Network. Also, perfect for football aficionados, NFL SUNDAY TICKET is hard to live without during football season.
- Xfinity TV: With Xfinity, you get the option of a package that includes ESPN and ESPN2 or one with NFL Network, among other sports channels, of course.
- Hulu + Live TV: Enjoy ESPN and ESPN2 with Hulu Live, but you’ll have to miss out on NFL Network. But you won’t have to miss out on an excellent bundle with ESPN+ and Disney+.
- fuboTV: Perfect for international and national sports coverage, fuboTV has you covered with NFL Network. Somehow they don’t have a deal with ESPN, but you’ll get access to lots of other sports channels after the NFL Draft.
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