UPDATE (11:53 a.m.): Roger Goodell tweeted a two-minute video tour of his basement.
Goodell said there will be three people in the basement with him as he announces the picks.
All of America will get a look inside NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s “man cave” on Thursday when he announces selections during the 2020 NFL Draft from the basement of his home in Westchester County, N.Y.
Goodell gave a sneak peak Thursday to “Good Morning America”.
Goodell said the basement had been filled with dolls for most of its existence, since he and his wife Jane are the parents to twin girls.
But the NFL gave the Goodell basement a makeover for Thursday night. “We’ve turned this into a mini studio. There will be 3 people in here with me,” Goodell told Robin Roberts. Among the gear in Goodell’s man cave are football books, bobbleheads, cleats and signed memorabilia.
Goodell said the setup was working well during tests on Wednesday evening.
The 2020 NFL Draft is a completely virtual event because of the coronavirus pandemic. All 32 clubs cannot use their team facilities, meaning general managers, head coaches and front office personnel will be scattered through the country and talking remotely.
The league tested its setup on Monday and experienced some significant communication problems at the beginning.
“One thing I’ve learned about what we’re going through as a country is you can’t tell a week from now, much less 3 months from now. So our job is to be ready. We’ll obviously be ready to make alternatives. We’ll be putting public safety No. 1 as we always do and make sure that our fans, our players, all the participants, coaches, everyone, are able to be in a safe environment.”
The NFL plans to release the 2020 regular-season schedule by May 9.
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