Chicago, L.A. mayors aggressively pursuing 2015 draft

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    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap20...ell-chicago-la-mayors-pursuing-2015-nfl-draft

    Goodell: Chicago, L.A. mayors pursuing 2015 NFL Draft

    Chicago's Rahm Emanuel isn't the only mayor politicking Commissioner Roger Goodell for a chance to host future NFL drafts.
    Goodell told NFL Media's Rich Eisen on Monday that Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti has joined Emanuel in aggressively pitching their cities for the 2015 NFL Draft. Mayors from other cities also have been in contact with Goodell.
    The league has said in the past that it will consider alternatives to Radio City Music Hall, including venues in other cities -- but that's not the only possible change.
    After revealing last week that the NFL is considering expanding the draft to four days, Goodell provided Eisen with clarification Monday.
    If the rule passes, it's possible that each of the first three rounds will get their own night. Rounds four through seven would then take place Sunday.
    Goodell's disclosures are further evidence of the NFL draft's unabated growth. Big-city mayors are now mentioning the offseason extravaganza in the same breath as the Super Bowl.


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    I honestly feel they should consider smaller markets.

    Buffalo, Jacksonville, etc...

    Help promote those other cities.

    Hell, hate to say it, but how about London (if you want to promote a Europe market)..
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    Can I ban you from this board for saying stupid things? ;-)
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    trust me, I wouldn't put it past goodell...
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    I came into this thread with the intention of promoting Chicago due to the fact we actually have an NFL team but I like your idea more. I think that makes a lot more sense than how we currently do it, bounce around to the smaller markets to promote the NFL in areas that actually need promoting. Same goes for Hard Knocks, lets shed some light on teams that need light to be shed on them. London would be a solid call as well if we're treating to stimulate our overseas coverage, although I do prefer the small market idea to this one.
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    If they will not let you host a Superbowl then I see no reason why the draft could not be held in that city. I believe they are rethinking cold weather for SuperBowl but still have a Stadium Seating Requirement which I do no believe Soldier Field can meet so I would not mind the draft in Chicago and let the fans enjoy.

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    I like it as well. Small markets need some promotion...
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    I'm in favor of anything that gets rid of having to see all the idiot slob Philly and N.Y fans and their reactions . I've seen enough of these clowns to last me a lifetime .
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    Yea, cuz chicago and Green Bay fans would be much better! LOL
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    LOL, fair enough.
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    Its painfully clear that his long term goal is to appeal to the European market. So as pissed as everyone would be, I wouldn't put it past him. Then again, I seriously doubt it would come even close to selling out. Think about it, if the English soccer league held a draft here would anyone actually pay to go see it?

    But the draft coming to Chi would be incredible. For sure something I would want to attend.
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    Agreed !
    I lived out there for 7 years and had to put up with them but the Jets fans were the worst of them all.
    Now I live in Fudgepacker country. I must be a glutton for punishment.
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    Starting to look like the draft WILL move and it may be Chicago for 2015

    Report: Draft will “likely” leave New York for 2015

    Posted by Mike Florio on May 19, 2014, 8:31 AM EDT
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    The NFL’s owners aren’t expected to make a decision about the timing and location of the 2015 draft when they convene on Tuesday in Atlanta. When a decision eventually is made, the end result could be that the draft will happen in a place other than New York.
    Peter King of TheMMQB.com, citing a “solid source” (not to be confused with our usual flimsy ones), reports that it’s “likely” the draft will be held in a new city next year. King guesses that Chicago will be the destination.
    The good news is that the league doesn’t want to hold the draft on Mother’s Day weekend again. King believes it will unfold on April 30 through May 2.
    The league, as King explains it, isn’t happy with Radio City Music Hall, which forced the draft to move two weeks later in 2014 due to a scheduling conflict that went away due to poor ticket sales. Still, it seems that other considerations have taken over the process. The league finally has decided to act on the reality that the draft is a commodity that can be marketed to the highest bidder, in the same way the Super Bowl is. More competition means more money.
    More money also may come from changes (eventually) to the way the draft is televised. At some point, the league surely will move the first round from ESPN to a broadcast network, making the audience even larger and inevitably creating even more money.
    Bigger. Better. More profitable. That’s been the story for the NFL since the merger, and the NFL seems to be intent to apply that mindset fully and completely to the draft.

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