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2011 NFL Draft: Forget Tipping Picks, The Real Problem With The Draft Is The Commercials

No, I am not talking about how the Houston Texans always seem to pick when the various networks go to commercial. Thought that could be better organized too.

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I am talking about the lack of variety with the commercials. I watched most of the draft on the NFL Network, mainly to stay away from Chris Berman, but I'm sure this was a problem on ESPN too. Myself and fellow SB Nation Houston writer Chris Watkins set up our war room here to get to writing about the NFL Draft at about 11 A.M CT, and the draft concluded at around 6:30 or 7 P.M. During that time, we were subjected to roughly 375,000 ads of the Falcons nodding their heads on the bus and women throwing their jerseys at men because Alyssa Milano made a fashion line of clothing.

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It got to the point where Mr. Watkins, upon hearing the bus song repeated twice, may or may not have run out of the room with a growl. When will networks learn these lessons? When you have a long event that will run four or more hours, you've got to change up the number of sponsors. Better commercial variety equals less commercial drag. Not only do I not care about the NFL's Play 60 campaign at this point, I'm wondering why they're advertising it when they can't even agree to play a game.

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Then again, maybe the NFL is stuck in that mindset where bad publicity is still publicity. That would explain Jeff Pash.

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