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ESPN.COM TO OFFER UNPARELLELED COVERAGE AND ACCESS TO 2002 NFL DRAFT ACTION; WIRELESS COVERAGE ALSO RETURNS

April 18, 2002

ESPN.com will once again offer extensive coverage and insight to the 2002 NFL Draft, held April 20-21 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. ESPN.com's DraftCentral section will again utilize DraftTracker, an unprecedented database for fans to find in-depth information on draft hopefuls and NFL teams. "DraftTracker" features an array of unique coverage including scouting reports from ProFootball Weekly, video and audio highlights and photos. In addition, DraftTracker offers analysis, predictions and chats from ESPN and ESPN.com NFL experts such as Mel Kiper, John Clayton, Chris Mortensen and Len Pasquarelli.

Also returning this year is ESPN's wireless coverage of the NFL Draft, including the ability to track picks by player, teams, round, school or position. ESPN Insider subscribers will also have access to wireless alerts, providing fans information by round, conference or team.

On draft day, ESPN.com's coverage uses DraftCast, which debuted last year. The interactive application features pick-by-pick updates from DraftTracker, a live poll integrated with ESPN's telecast and insight from ESPN's analysts.

In addition, ESPN.com will once again give fans the opportunity to chat with current NFL players from the ESPN Zone in Times Square. The chats will feature Tim Brown (Raiders), Corey Chavous (Vikings), Deuce McAllister (Saints) and Matt Light (Patriots), who will also participate in the War Room Roundtable discussions hosted by Mark Malone and airing on ESPN and ESPN2. Audio from the discussions can be heard on ESPN Radio and ESPN.com.