The NFL draft could be on the move.
According to NFL Network's Rich Eisen, who spoke with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for a pre-draft show, the league has heard from two cities that would be very interested in hosting the NFL draft next year.
The league has capitalized on the draft's immense popularity in many ways, including expanding it from two to three days in recent seasons and this year pushing the draft back two weeks in order to spread out the NFL calendar as much as possible, as well as likely double dipping on May sweeps for TV revenue.
The NFL draft has traditionally been held in New York City, home of the league offices and hub of the universe. But Goodell clearly sees a marketing opportunity here and feels that it could take on a traveling-circus type of life, and he could pitch it as a way to allow fans of other cities to check out this spectacle in the flesh.
Would it be possible? Sure. Just as the draft has changed venues in NYC — it's now at Radio City Music Hall — the league easily could set up shop in Chicago, L.A., Dallas or any other big city. Most teams only send 3-4 team representatives to the actual draft itself, and as long as the venue was media-friendly, the logistics would be no real issue.
This is bound to happen. We've been talking draft non-stop for 4-5 months, and people love it (even if the later date is annoying for many). The league neither has booked Radio City for 2015 nor said when the date of the draft next year will be happening. Everything is up in the air. (Remember, the NFL claimed that the two-week delay this year was because of a scheduling conflict with the venue.)
Will the NFL draft be coming to a city near you? Don't rule it out.
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