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SBD/May 15, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Pro Football HOF President Eyes Canton As Possible NFL Draft Site
Published May 15, 2014
COWBOY UP? SI.com’s Don Banks cited sources as saying that if and when the NFL decides to move the Draft out of N.Y., it will have “no shortage of suitors” as the number of cities interested in hosting the Draft “has grown to a whopping 11," outside of N.Y. The NFL will “discuss the site and date of the 2015 draft at its one-day spring owners' meeting next week in Atlanta, though no definitive decision on where and when that draft will be held is expected to come together that quickly.” Banks noted the league is “still waiting to hear the final spring schedule" of Radio City Music Hall, where the event has been held since ‘06, and “could have that information by the time the owners convene in Atlanta.” While the owners will be “consulted on how to proceed with the draft, it continues to look as if the NFL is leaning in the direction of taking the event on the road,” by ‘16 at the latest. Dallas has “emerged as a particularly interesting and attractive possibility,” with Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones offering AT&T Stadium "as a venue for the draft.” The “idea of attracting thousands of fans to the Cowboys' stadium for the draft is a very appealing one to the NFL” (SI.com, 5/14).