Baseball draft enters a brave new (televised) world

It might never reach the hype level of the NFL draft or the NBA draft, but baseball's draft is about to take a long-overdue step in that direction, writes John Helyar.

Originally Published: June 6, 2007
By John Helyar | ESPN.com

The NFL draft has become one of football's red-letter days, conducted before throngs of cheering, jeering fans in Radio City Music Hall and televised to millions of draftniks. The NBA draft is so huge that even its preliminary event -- the Ping-Pong ball lottery -- is must-see TV for hoops junkies.

The Major League Baseball draft, by contrast, has been … a telephone conference call.

Until now. On Thursday, baseball's draft for the first time will be televised (ESPN2, 2-6 ...

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