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Did the NFL Move the Draft to Mother's Day Weekend to Attract Female Viewers?

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RUSH: Run forward to sound bite 14. A lot of people are upset the NFL Draft was delayed two weeks this year, two weeks beyond when they normally have it, and now we know why. Yesterday Live with Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan; the commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell. Kelly Ripa said, "Draft day is happening over Mother's Day weekend. Do you have anything special planned for the moms of these star athletes?"

GOODELL: We sure do. We have 30 players that are gonna be drafted this weekend, and 29 of them brought their moms.

RIPA: Wow.

GOODELL: And so they'll all be walking the red carpet with --

RIPA: Wow.

GOODELL: -- them tonight.

RIPA: Wow, that is great. (cheers and applause)

RUSH: Did they move the draft to the Mother's Day weekend to attract female viewers? Has that been the thinking of this? By the way, LaVar Arrington, former linebacker for the Redskins noticed all the tears on stage.

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RUSH: Okay, quickly back to the NFL Draft, a couple of sound bites. Last night from NFL Network coverage of the 2014 NFL Draft, we have a montage, ladies and gentlemen. We got Commissioner Roger Goodell, Rich Eisen, Deion Sanders, and Jadeveon Clowney during the draft. This is to illustrate that the coverage was dominated by a lot of crying. There was a lot of crying -- many, many tears -- on stage at the NFL Draft.

GOODELL: With the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select Jadeveon Clowney, defensive end, South Carolina.

EISEN: So the tears are flowing. He's coming out still wiping the tears from his eyes.

SANDERS: And you've been fighting the tears.

EISEN: There is Odell Beckham Jr., tears in his eyes.

SANDERS: I see tears, man. Explain your motions.

CLOWNEY: This changed my life, man.

RUSH: So there were. There were a lot of tears at the NFL Draft, and LaVar Arrington -- a former linebacker at Penn State and at the Washington Redskins -- was on the NFL Network this morning. He noticed all the tears, and he didn't get a good reception from his anchor mates when he brought it up.

LAVAR ARRINGTON: Did you notice there was a lot of crying going on in the draft? In the Blue Room, man, there was a lot more tears in this year's draft than I think I've seen.

PAUL BURMEISTER: You okay with that, or do you have a problem with it?

LAVAR ARRINGTON: I just thought it was an observation. You know, it was interesting. I think a lot of guys were overcome by emotions; there was a lot of crying, a lot of big hugs.

PAUL BURMEISTER: I understand. I mean, it's --

TERRELL DAVIS: What are you saying, that there's no --

PAUL ARRINGTON: I'm not... I'm not judging.

TERRELL DAVIS: There's no crying in football, is that what you're saying?

ERIC DAVIS: He's judging!

PAUL ARRINGTON: I'm a man. I'm a man. No, I've cried.

ERIC DAVIS: He's judging!

RUSH: They're ready to jump in his chili. "What are you saying, man, there's no crying in football?" He's right, though. There were a lot of tears. There were a lot of hugs. It's changing. Let's just get to it. Everything is changing in American culture, to one degree or another. It's being chickified in a lot of places in a lot of ways, and by chickified, that just means it's being dominated by emotion. More and more things are, and showing that emotion is gold star. Demonstrating that you care, touching, feeling, it's gold star stuff.

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