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Goodell Talks Market Size For NFL Draft Host Sites, Relationship With Hunt Family

Clark Hunt was very critical of the NFL for its punishment of the Chiefs in '16
Commissioner Roger Goodell said that 14 teams "sent representatives to Philadelphia" in April to observe the NFL Draft, including the Chiefs, according to Terez Paylor of the K.C. STAR. Goodell, while in K.C. for the Chiefs annual fantasy camp, said, "There's a tremendous amount of interest in all communities to host this. It has a tremendous platform, in that it gives exposure to communities, and it has a tremendous economic impact. But the event has become much bigger than it ever has, and it takes more infrastructure." Goodell said that market size will "not be a determining factor in deciding who hosts." Goodell: "It's not about big markets; to me, it's about passion, and having your own experience for the draft that's going to reflect well on this community and football, and they're going to be different." Meanwhile, Goodell said of his relationship with Chiefs' ownership in the wake of the league having to punish the team for its pursuit of WR Jeremy Maclin in '15, "I have a great connection to the Hunt family in general, and you can disagree without having that affect the relationship." He added of the team's punishment, "There's no residual effect from that, not at all. That's what we do in the NFL -- disagree without being disagreeable" (K.C. STAR, 6/17).
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