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SBD/May 8, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Goodell: NFL Considering Moving Draft Site To Different Cities As Early As Next Year
Published May 8, 2014
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BETWEEN A ROCKETTE & A HARD PLACE: In N.Y., Bart Hubbuch cites a source as saying that the NFL is "in deep discussions about moving the draft -- either half of it or the entire thing -- to one of eight cities that have expressed interest." The source said that the cities "are New Orleans, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Orlando, Arlington, Texas, and Canton, Ohio," home of the Pro Football HOF. The source said that the NFL is "open to moving the draft because it is exasperated by the unwillingness of the owners of Radio City -- James Dolan’s Cablevision -- to say whether a planned Rockettes spring show is still a go" for '15 (N.Y. POST, 5/8). The MMQB's Peter King said he is fine with moving the draft around the country, because "why should it always be in New York?" King: "It would take the NFL out of its sort of insular New York cocoon and give other fan groups a chance to experience it" ("The Dan Patrick Show," 5/6).
HOSTS WITH THE MOST: In Boston, Gayle Fee notes Mayor Marty Walsh "rang up" Goodell and "made a play to be the new host of the annual pigskin beauty pageant." Walsh in a statement said, "As a Patriots season ticket holder, I’d love to host the NFL draft in Boston. We have the resources and infrastructure to do it -- the hotels, convention space, the tourism amenities -- and we would welcome the opportunity." NFL VP/Communications Brian McCarthy said that Walsh and Goodell "discussed what venues in the city might be available to host the draft -- which typically draws some 3,500 fans and at least 1,000 media types" (BOSTON HERALD, 5/8). Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that he is "dead-serious" about bringing the draft to the city. Emanuel: "You know my goal: 55 million visitors and tourists in Chicago. Moving Chicago from fifth-place to second place in the convention industry" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 5/8). Saints Exec VP & GM Mickey Loomis: "I don't necessarily have an opinion (on moving the draft). That's not going to change what I do. We're going to be here. If it's good for the league and brings positive attention and gives another city a chance to host, I don't think there's anything wrong with that. I'm for it" (NOLA.com, 5/7).