Chicago Or L.A. Will Get '15 NFL Draft, But Could Move From N.Y. Be A One-Time Deal?
With the site of next year's NFL Draft still undecided, debate continues on whether the league should rotate the event's host city each year. ESPN's Dan Graziano said, "The people I talked to said, 'No, this is just for this year.' But that can't be ruled out. So I think what we're seeing is a chance in how the Draft is going to be handled and I don't think it would be a surprise at this point to move around from city to city, year to year." ESPN's Tim Hasselbeck said the NFL Draft is a "manufactured event," so "why not put it in a place like L.A. where you can do a red carpet and you can make it even more of an event." Hasselbeck: "In some ways it creates a better fan experience for the Draft" ("NFL Live," ESPN2, 7/18). But THE MMQB's Peter King wrote, "I think it's smart to move the draft to a new site each year." Other than "marketing, there's no good reason for New York City to hog it." King: "Let Chicago or L.A. pay through the nose for it. Give it to Jerry Jones one year and Bob Kraft the next" (MMQB.SI.com, 7/21). Meanwhile, SNY's Jonas Schwartz said MSG Chair James Dolan "had done a lot of bad things in the New York landscape, but maybe nothing is worse" than the idea of holding a spring Rockettes show this year at Radio City Music Hall. While the show was never performed, "what it did was delay the NFL Draft and forced the NFL to look elsewhere for other locations." Schwartz: "Why we had to lose a marquee sports event in this great city in a place it definitely belonged ... over this show? It just doesn't make any sense" ("Daily News Live," SNY, 7/18).