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April 26th, 2005, 06:18 PM

Sunday Traffic Increases 46% from 2004, Tops Saturday Visits for First Time

NFL.com set a three-day NFL Draft weekend record (April 22-24) with 6.0 million visitors – up 22 percent from 4.9 million in 2004, it was announced today.

Sunday’s coverage of the draft’s second day (rounds 4-7) was highest for the weekend, receiving 2.7 million visitors – up 46% from last year and topping Saturday traffic (2.4 million) for the first time ever.

Exclusive coverage and behind-the-scenes features for draft weekend included:

· Up-to-the-minute draft “blogs” filed by experts GIL BRANDT, VIC CARUCCI, PAT KIRWAN and ADAM SCHEFTER.

* Chats with six of the top draft choices in New York -- CEDRIC BENSON, RONNIE BROWN, BRAYLON EDWARDS, AARON RODGERS, ANTREL ROLLE and ALEX SMITH -- shortly after they were selected.
* Live audio from draft headquarters at the Jacob Javits Center.
* NFL Network coverage and features, including vignettes on 10 of the top players.
* Live “Draft Tracker” featuring coverage of each selection.
* Live web cams in select team draft rooms, including Atlanta, Green Bay and Houston.
* Coverage of the draft in Chinese, German and Spanish on raiders.com.
* Live audio of player press conferences and interaction with fans via e-mail on dallascowboys.com.
* Patriots Video News shows and live coverage of all press conferences on patriots.com.
* Video interviews with team personnel executives who scouted player selections and a blog on buccaneers.com.

The NFL Internet Network, comprised of NFL.com, the websites of the league’s 32 clubs and related sites, was established in March 2000. NFL.com is produced and hosted in partnership with CBS SportsLine.com, a leading Internet sports media organization and division of CBS Sports.