There has been a lot of discussion in recent days that the idea of the NFL Draft could move out of Radio City Music Hall in New York after this season with the NFL’s agreement set to expire after this draft. There have been reports that seven different cities are interested in hosting the draft with Chicago and Los Angeles being the most high-profile. The question that must be asked however is whether or not the NFL should even consider this idea.
The draft does make tons of money but the NFL wasn’t pleased that the draft had to be moved back two weeks this season because of another engagement at Radio City. There is no doubt that any of the cities that are interested in hosting the draft will make it a point to have the venue free and available to the NFL on whatever dates they want it to be. Canton has applied to host the draft along with Orlando, Boston, Philadelphia and New Orleans to go with Chicago and LA. The draft could be very cool in Canton at the Hall of Fame itself but the league won’t want to go that direction probably even if it is a smart move. The set-up just looks right at Radio City.
Los Angeles doesn’t even have a NFL team but the thought of doing it on the West Coast could be intriguing even if the event would have to start at 5 p.m. Pacific time. There have been other rumors that the league might want to do a multi-city draft with each day being in a different city. The thought of a four-day draft has even been brought up as well and even the idea of the draft moving back another week or two next year. There are many layers to what happens and where and when the 2015 draft will be held.
At the end of the day, the NFL should probably just keep the event at Radio City though. The league appears to like it there even with all the problems this year has caused. Everyone knows where the draft will be held on a year-to-year basis unlike the Super Bowl moving around from city to city. There is nothing wrong with leaving something in one place. At least Radio City is better than having the draft at a hotel like being in the early 1980s.
Yeah, it wouldn't be wise to go back to those days.