There was plenty of wheeling and dealing on Thursday in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
“I think that’s the only way. I’ve seen it both ways, and the success I’ve had is when we’re both seeing eye to eye. (Co-owner) Kim (Pegula) and Terry, me involved, we’re going to do this together. Other people in the building. This is not a one-person approach.”
It’s the same approach the Buffalo Sabres, the NHL team the Pegulas also own, are taking with new GM Jason Botterill. Sure, Botterill is going to call the shots, but the hierarchy involves lots of voices.
Beane and McDermott didn’t just interact in football circles in Carolina. The two were genuine friends. Beane said they would go on runs together, and McDermott taught Beane’s son to wrestle.
Yet what unfolded Thursday night was compelling enough to thrill rabid NFL fans and make the casual ones stop channel-surfing.
The first reason to stick around for at least a few minutes came about as an accident. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell never would have moved the draft from Radio City Music Hall if the venue were willing to annually assure the league access to the dates it demanded. When that didn’t happen, the NFL began holding the draft outside of New York City for the first time since 1965.
“It was the best thing that ever happened to us,” Goodell Cheap NFL Jerseys Nike admitted Thursday on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
After two years in another beautiful-but-sterile theater setting in Chicago, the NFL took its show on the road again to Philadelphia albeit with a twist — the first outdoor draft in league history.