Due to a scheduling conflict with Radio City Music Hall, the NFL has announced that the 2014 NFL draft will be held on May 8-10 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
In addition to the draft moving to May, the NFL will hold several regional combines from January 24 through February 16, 2014. Other regional combines may occur after the "national combine", which will be held in Indianapolis from February 18-25, 2014. The 2014 league year, including the free agent signing period, will commence on March 11, 2014.
The NFL has been considering moving the draft from late April into May and has been working with the NFLPA on additional adjustments to the league calendar. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell does not require the union's approval to move the date of the draft, but has been seeking the NFLPA's approval as future calendar shifts could alter the start date of the league year and reduce the number of offseason practices.
"The change in the date of the 2014 Draft will have no effect on when rookies may begin to report to their clubs, the dates of offseason programs, or the length of offseason programs," the NFL announced in a statement. "Clubs will have available to them the same number of practice days that they currently have and no changes in the offseason calendar are being considered that would reduce the number of practice days or the overall length of the offseason program."
As of Tuesday, no decisions have been made regarding the 2015 or any future drafts beyond next season, but the league added that changes "that would reduce the number of practice days or otherwise limit the offseason program" are not anticipated at this time.
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