Round 1 is set for Thursday, April 22, with a 7:30 pm Eastern start. Rounds 2 and 3 would be on Friday, starting at 6:30, and then rounds 4-7 starting at 10am on Saturday.
So, to make it "more accessible to fans", not only do they start the draft on THURSDAY NIGHT, but it'll still be 4:30 on the West Coast, and then the Friday broadcast starts at 3:30. (and yes, for people who occasionally read the baseball thread as well, I'm aware of the irony of me using this example when I popped off at West Coasters being upset about missing the start of World Series games.) What was wrong with it just being an all-weekend affair, anyway?
Normally I'd agree this is just a weird move, but for the past three years I've missed the first day of the draft due to non-sports friends always making plans that weekend. So instead of getting the news about picks via text, I might actually be able to *see* the friggin' Draft this year.
Michigan against the SEC: 20-5-1 (7-3 in bowl games)
You'll get no real argument from me there, JayJay. If someone forced me to choose between these two formats I'd take the four-team one, because the more teams the better, even if I think they both suck.