Before and after shots of Chickie’s & Pete’s (site of First Take, Mike and Mike & Outside The Lines remotes)
The NFL Draft qualifies as a marquee event in the sports world. Fans – like the thousands gathered Thursday night in Philadelphia for the first round – flood the host city and millions more watch on TV in anticipation of every draft pick.
It should be no surprise that a now-gargantuan, annual affair requires a similarly large collaboration across ESPN’s production units throughout the day and night to make it all happen. For instance, this year Mike & Mike, First Take and Outside the Lines televised live shows from Chickie’s and Pete’s in Philadelphia around the draft (see above).
ESPN’s Studio Design and Development group is responsible for scouting possible locations that can accommodate production needs and look aesthetically pleasing on-air.