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Thursday, April 19, 2001
ESPN.COM RETURNS WITH UNPRECEDENTED COVERAGE AND ACCESS TO 2001 NFL DRAFT ACTION


ESPN.com will once again present unprecedented coverage and access to the 2001 NFL Draft, held April 21 & 22 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Featuring the exclusive "DraftTracker," ESPN.com will deliver the most comprehensive, in-depth live coverage and analysis available for the NFL Draft, including scouting reports and player bios on more than 700 draft-eligible players, and expert commentary from ESPN and ESPN.com analysts as well as current and former NFL players and personnel. The site will also debut Draft news and information via a wireless platform, including the ability to track picks by player, team, round, school or position. Draft coverage is accessible at http://nfldraft.espn.go.com/nfldraft/index. ESPN.com is part of the Walt Disney Internet Group. "If you're into the NFL Draft, this is the one-stop shop," said John Marvel, vice president and executive editor, ESPN.com. "From our expert analysis on the floor of Madison Square Garden to the War Room at the Zone to DraftTracker, our users get complete coverage. It's a big weekend for fans of the NFL, and we'll be there to help them get through it."

ESPN.com will debut "DraftCast," an interactive application featuring live chats; pick-by-pick updates from DraftTracker; live round-by-round user polls integrated into ESPN's television broadcast; live audio streaming of the ESPN and ESPN Radio broadcasts; and live WebCams from inside the Theater at Madison Square Garden. In addition, the site will provide analysis, predictions and chats from ESPN's Mel Kiper, Jr., Chris Mortensen and ESPN.com's John Clayton. ESPN.com will also feature its second annual War Room Roundtable from the ESPN Zone in Times Square. ESPN's Trey Wingo hosts the session, which will feature live chats and analysis throughout Round One from six current NFL players - Tim Brown (Raiders), Orlando Pace (Rams), John Lynch (Buccanneers), Corey Chavous (Cardinals), Olandis Gary (Broncos) and Eric Davis (former 49ers/Panthers). Vinny Cerrato, former director of player personnel with the Washington Redskins, and Bill Devaney, former director of player personnel with the San Diego Chargers, will provide analysis on ESPN.com live from Madison Square Garden. "Mel's Big Board," featuring Kiper's top 25 draft prospects, is also being updated regularly on his site (http://espn.go.com/melkiper/index.html). ESPN.com, the leading sports Web site, is part of the Walt Disney Internet Group. Walt Disney Internet Group is one of five business units of The Walt Disney Company and manages many of the most popular Web sites and services, including Disney.com, the number one Web site for kids and families; ESPN.com, ABC.com and ABCNEWS.com. Additional properties include Family.com, Mr.Showbiz, Movies.com, Wall of Sound, DisneyAuctions.com, DisneyStore.com, DisneyVacations.com, Soccernet.com and NFL.com. Walt Disney Internet Group also produces Enhanced TV telecasts in conjunction with select ABC Television and ESPN programming and includes the catalog operations of The Walt Disney Company and 19 Disney-branded international properties. Steve Wadsworth is president of Walt Disney Internet Group, which is headquartered in North Hollywood, CA, and has operations in Bristol, CT; Seattle; New York; Tokyo and London.

Ashley Swadel, ESPN.com (212) 456-7890 or ashley.c.swadel@dig.com