CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The NFL Draft in New York City is no longer a tradition that the NFL is worried about preserving.
New York, which has hosted the NFL Draft since 1965, will not host the 2015 draft NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday.
“We’re focusing solely on Los Angeles and Chicago now,” Goodell said while speaking to reporters at the Beverly Hilton after participating on a CBS “Thursday Night Football” panel, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Next year’s draft is expected to take place either April 22-25 or April 29-May 2 and Radio City Music Hall won’t be available forcing the league to change the venue.
“We had 12 cities that were interested,” Goodell said. “We felt the best thing to do was focus on the three cities, because they had such a tremendous interest. There are very attractive aspects to each of those cities. Because we don’t have the appropriate dates in May our focus is completely on Los Angeles and Chicago.
“They both have tremendous bids.”
Canton, Ohio, home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, expressed interest in hosting the draft.
The 2014 draft was pushed back to May because Radio City Music Hall was booked for the last 2 weeks in April and the league also wanted to experiment with holding the event during a television sweeps period.
There has been talk that the NFL could expand the draft from 3 days, adopted in 2010, to 4 days next year.
“We’re talking about different concepts, primarily how to strengthen the last day and whether we should maybe push that back to the clubs a little bit more and allow the clubs to have a little bit more freedom as more of a club day,” Goodell said. “Maybe they would announce the picks from there. We’re looking at everything under the sun, because there’s a great interest in it and we want to do something that’s more responsive to our fans.”
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