Verizon helps bring first-ever remote NFL Draft to life

By: Emily Vicker

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As part of Verizon’s long-standing partnership with the NFL to use technology to impact the fan experience, Verizon is helping deliver the first-ever remote NFL Draft by providing phones to top prospects, coaches, general managers and NFL staff to create content for the live broadcast of the three day event taking place April 23-25. 

23 of the 32 NFL teams are also leaning on Verizon’s technology to support their draft efforts. Teams are using cellular backup routers to provide backup internet connectivity to homes and small offices for business continuity and One Talk service, which allows a single phone number to ring across multiple mobile devices, desk phones, PCs, tablets and smartphones – all powered by Verizon, the nation’s most reliable network.

“Working with the NFL to help bring the first-ever virtual Draft to life is the ultimate example of using Verizon’s technology to shape the fan experience,” said Diego Scotti, Chief Marketing Officer, Verizon. “In a time when everyone is stuck at home and looking for ways to connect with their favorite teams, players and coaches, we’re proud to provide the technology to make the event happen remotely.”

Additionally, Verizon engineers set up an NFL Draft war room to proactively monitor activity on all equipment being used for the draft as well as the performance of the Network throughout the three day event. The NFL and all teams have direct access to these engineers to report any issues for immediate troubleshooting.

“Verizon has always helped make the NFL Draft a spectacular event, but this year especially, they are playing a key role,” said Michelle McKenna, CIO of the NFL. “By providing technology so we can get remote video feeds from prospects, Head Coaches and General Managers who will be participating in the Draft, the team at Verizon is helping to make this unique Draft the best it can possibly be.”

Yahoo Sports is also streaming the NFL Draft-A-Thon, running all three nights of the Draft.

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“Working with the NFL to help bring the first-ever virtual Draft to life is the ultimate example of using Verizon’s technology to shape the fan experience,” said Diego Scotti, Chief Marketing Officer, Verizon. “In a time when everyone is stuck at home and looking for ways to connect with their favorite teams, players and coaches, we’re proud to provide the technology to make the event happen remotely.”

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