The NFL continues to make history in the United Kingdom as London will become the first-ever city outside of the USA to play its part in the NFL Draft when the Jacksonville Jaguars announce two picks from the capital early next month.
Given the Jaguars’ commitment to play one home game in Britain each year, the AFC South team has decided to make NFL history and honour its UK fan base by selecting one lucky supporter to announce its sixth and seventh round Draft picks live from a TV studio in London.
The winning fan will make the announcement to millions of viewers on a live broadcast via Sky Sports News in the UK and NFL Network in the US on Saturday May 2.
The NFL Draft, a staple of the NFL season since 1936, sees the best 256 college American Football players picked by all 32 NFL franchises over seven rounds. The event plays a major part in each team’s preparation for the new season and creates a media and fan frenzy as followers of each team wait to see which exciting new talent will be brought into their team’s roster.
The NFL Draft attracted 45.7 million TV viewers last year and will broadcast its first three rounds from a base in Chicago this year. Through rounds 4-7, each NFL team will then take turns to announce their Draft picks live on camera from their team base. The Jaguars will be the only team to have two home bases – one at EverBank Field in Jacksonville and the other in London.
Jacksonville Jaguars President Mark Lamping said:
“We are so excited to provide our fans in the U.S. and abroad with an exciting opportunity to be part of the NFL Draft and introduce everyone to our newest Jacksonville Jaguars. Additionally, we are also equally thrilled to be the first team in the league to bring the NFL Draft to the International market in London.”
Fans wanting to write themselves into the NFL record books by announcing the Jaguars’ sixth and seventh Draft picks can enter the ‘You Make the Pick’ competition at www.nfluk.com from 12 noon on Wednesday April 1. The winner plus guest will also receive travel and hotel accommodation for their stay in London, plus a range of Jaguars merchandise. All entries must be received by the closing date of Sunday April 19 and terms and conditions apply.
The Jaguars are the only NFL team to make a yearly commitment to London, playing one home game each year in the capital since 2013. For 2015, the Jaguars will head to Wembley Stadium, for their third visit in as many years, to face the Buffalo Bills on Sunday October 25. A limited number of tickets are available via www.nfluk.com
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