It doesn’t have the rights to the NFL Draft, but Fox figures it can offer the next best thing than actually being inside the Auditorium Theater in Chicago for the 1st Round. For the entire 1st round, Fox will offer an online experience through its Fox Sports Go app called “Fox Sports Live 2015 NFL Draftcast.”

Utilizing Fox NFL Insider Jay Glazer, reporter Peter Schrager and college football analyst Joel Klatt, as well as host Don Bell as well as Fox Sports 1 insider Mike Garofalo, the show will offer analysis of the draft picks in real time and also provide interviews from the players chosen.

The show will take place inside The Plaza at Park Grill in Chicago and will not only be streamed on Fox Sports Go, but also and be heard on Fox Sports Radio across the country.

It’s a way for Fox which isn’t a rightsholder to have a presence at the Draft. And it shows the increase of second screens as a companion to an event. Grantland also did this for the NCAA Tournament.

If Fox gets enough hits, could this encourage other networks to produce second screen experience for events they don’t have rights to? Perhaps. It’s certainly a way to utilize new technology such as Periscope and gain a presence on social media to get some buzz.

It might not make a dent in the ratings as ESPN and NFL Network will be airing their coverage continuously next Thursday, but it plants a seed that Fox is also there providing their own analysis and coverage online.

[Fox Sports]

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