Broadcasts to Lose Spontaneity

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TV sports' most-theatrical event this week loses one of its few unscripted elements.

As ESPN and the league's NFL Network offer dueling coverage of the NFL draft that begins Thursday night, they've agreed not to show prospects getting phone calls — at the draft or anywhere else — from agents or teams telling them they're about to be selected. Makes sense: Who wants spontaneous reactions that might somehow detract from...

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