Goodell: Keeping draft in April would require looking for other venues

AP

At a press conference to wrap up the league meetings in Boston, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that the league saw “no choice” but moving next year’s draft to May because of a conflict with Radio City Music Hall.

Goodell said that a choice would be made soon about whether to hold the draft from May 8-10 or May 15-17 in New York. The change has been forced by a conflict with another event at the venue and Goodell said that there’s been no determination about when the event would be held beyond 2014. Because the conflicts with the spring event at Radio City will recur, the Commissioner also said that the draft could move if the decision was made to move things back to April in future years.

“Beyond that, if we want to move the draft back into April, we’ll have to look at other alternatives,” Goodell said.

Goodell also said that other proposed changes to the offseason schedule, including moving the start of the league year ahead of the combine were still being discussed with the NFLPA. Goodell said that he believed that such alterations would be a “good change for fans and for football” and that the league would continue working toward an agreement on a new calendar for February, March, April and May.

144 responses to “Goodell: Keeping draft in April would require looking for other venues

  1. So you can make a team travel to London each year and lose a home game, but you can’t find another venue for the draft?

  2. Then look for another “venue” in the USA’s 2nd-largest city, Mr. King of the World’s Most Powerful Pro Sports League.

  3. Like any conflict is going to have the clout (or the cash) the oust the NFL. Moving the draft is fine, but don’t give us a BS excuse for it.

  4. So you effin’ move the event. Hold it at Madison Square Garden, or the Barclays Center. Heck, hold it outdoors at Gillette or MetLife, make your masters happy.

  5. So loook for other venues. There. Problem solved. That’ll be $25 million, please.

    Put it up for bids. You’ll get some. This is NOT a problem.

  6. What a load of crap!! The draft is held at Radio City for how long and now all of a sudden there is a scheduling conflict? There didnt seem to be a problem with using the venue when the league decided to make it a 3 day event. Now all of a sudden Radio City is going to schedule events that conflict with the draft. I dont buy it. Its about money plain and simple. I just wish instead of feeding the public a line of crap Goodell would just tell the truth once in a while

  7. I’ve always liked the idea of treating the Draft like the Superbowl, in that it could be in a different NFL city every year! Seems like a no-brainer to me.

  8. They want to change everything else about the league but not the venue where they hold the draft? This is seriously the reason they are giving for the change?

  9. Is there anyone more disingenuous than Goodell? Something tells me the NFL could have kept those Radio City dates reserved if they had felt inclined to.

  10. Apparently Goodell had “no choice” but to keep what the event causing the conflict a secret. Therefore, I have “no choice” but to not believe him. So funny there was never a conflict in decades until the year wants to move the offaeason calendar.

  11. Cut Goodell some slack everyone.

    Where is he gonna find a venue equipped with chairs, tables, and a PA system in New York on only 11 month notice?

    Greedy a$$ NFL just wants to milk those 3 extra weeks.

  12. It would be neat to do it at Madison Square Garden, or even do it another city.

    It’s great having it in NYC at Rockefeller, but there are other locations.

  13. Why not let every city have a chance to host ? Spread some of that NFL money around, give cities that will never host a Super Bowl a piece of the pie, like Cleveland , Buffalo, Green Bay, etc. … These guys act like New York is the only city on earth and it would be sacrilege not to use Radio City Music Hall.

  14. Why not keep the draft in April, make it a one day affair and get it over with?

    I don’t need to listen to talking heads talk about every pick. Give teams two minutes to make their pick, show the pick’s college highlights after, give them a 30 second interview and move on to the next.

    It can be done in a day.

  15. “Goodell said that a choice would be made soon about whether to hold the draft from May 8-10 or May 15-17 in New York. The change has been forced by a conflict with another event at the venue and Goodell said that there’s been no determination about when the event would be held beyond 2014.”

    Please – 1) Radio City did not schedule someone against the NFL draft and 2) if they did, please disclose the event(s) because I have a hard time imagining they have an event that draws more attention then the draft.

  16. I’m surprised Goodell didn’t also chime in about how working stiffs should pay more taxes so that NFL franchisees’ profit margins can remain ridiculously high.

  17. “hedleykow says: May 21, 2013 5:51 PM
    I’m surprised Goodell didn’t also chime in about how working stiffs should pay more taxes so that NFL franchisees’ profit margins can remain ridiculously high.”

    But but but, the NFL is a “non-profit” organization that pays NO taxes! However, can these poor franchises afford a new stadium every 10 years?

  18. Schefter said today on Sportscenter that the biggest reason for the delay would be for a few extra weeks of draft hype which would put a few more coins in the owner’s pockets despite the inconveniences to the front offices and coaching staffs. He sounded pretty sure of himself too. I didn’t expect something like that coming from the mothership.

  19. I was thinking the same thing as tommyribs. Since they allowed fans into the Combine for $25 why not do that at different arenas like Madsion Square Garden, TD North ( Boston) etc and charge fans a nominal fee to hang out and catch the draft.

    Who says it only to be at Radio City?

  20. Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    May 21, 2013 5:34 PM
    I’m glad they’re moving the draft to May because there just isn’t enough time for draft speculation when it’s in April. Now excuse me while I finish the third round of my 2014 mock draft.

    ———————————————————————————————————————————- well i’m sure all vikings fan’s are looking forward to the 2014 draft because that’s all you ever have to look forward too. it’s not like your team is going to do anything this year. vikings = garbage

  21. Please take it. As a New Yorker who has been there, trust me its better on TV. They already ruined it by making it 3 days anyway.

  22. Good lord, No. Two-Three more weeks of talking about the same 15-32 players and what teams might do??? This draft was boring enough without any big name players.

    Can anyone name the top pick of this draft that isn’t a Chiefs fan and doesn’t use google to look it up?

    Here’s an idea, whatever team wins the Super Bowl gets to host the draft at their stadium, in the last week of April.

    Next thing you know they’ll add 3 rounds back on to broadcast on rounds 8, 9 & 10 on Sundays.

  23. I’m sure the announcing of which event has preempted the NFL draft is coming soon. I’ll just sit over here and hold my breath… Any time now…

  24. Heck, bring the draft to Vegas once in a while. Plenty of tables and chairs out here.

  25. vikescry1 says:May 21, 2013 6:01 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    May 21, 2013 5:34 PM
    I’m glad they’re moving the draft to May because there just isn’t enough time for draft speculation when it’s in April. Now excuse me while I finish the third round of my 2014 mock draft.

    ———————————————————————————————————————————- well i’m sure all vikings fan’s are looking forward to the 2014 draft because that’s all you ever have to look forward too. it’s not like your team is going to do anything this year. vikings = garbage
    _______

    Well, that seems uncalled for.

  26. frankly its backwards. move up the damn draft so teams know their needs in free agency. the season ends in february. why wait 3 months to draft?? thats the dumbest thing ive heard..

  27. Something ain’t right with Roge. Power makes you do funny things. He is just trying to take shine away from the NBA. Why not move the draft to June during the NBA finals. And don’t think he hasn’t thought about it. So many buildings in NYC, so little time.

  28. if you guys need confirmation on goodells bias to new york:

    1. this article refusing to find another venue

    2. interview with rich eisen where he claimed new york was the best market for the nfl

    3. his handling of salary cap violations in collaboration with jon mara

    pretty sure he’s a new yorker too

  29. brownsfanincali says:
    May 21, 2013 5:48 PM
    Why not let every city have a chance to host ? Spread some of that NFL money around, give cities that will never host a Super Bowl a piece of the pie, like Cleveland , Buffalo, Green Bay, etc. … These guys act like New York is the only city on earth and it would be sacrilege not to use Radio City Music Hall.
    —————————-
    No one, much less the draftees, want to go to those other redneck outposts any more than the one time per year they are legally obligated to travel there with their teams for games.

  30. @the magician funny I thought it was definitely called for. Matter of fact they should move the draft to Minny so nothing but fat blondes can show up.

  31. Goodell says the kookiest things. Makes it hard to trust him.

    A) The NFL schedules the draft with Radio City Music Hall year-to-year? Hard to believe. B) Radio City Music Hall would let somebody reserve those dates without first giving the NFL a call? Even harder to believe.

  32. That’s the ‘only’ place that the draft can be held in? Hard to believe indeed. Seems like the tail wagging the dog.

  33. I am sure this is BS. It has been held there for how long? And someone else takes precedence over the NFL, seriously? Why not let each Team get a chance to host it every year?

  34. Most comments here captured the angle here….

    Total BS excuse to move the draft. This is totally driven by the NFL’s unending need to hype everything to the max. There are plenty of other places to hold the draft.

    Add the media will fall in line, weeks more of hype, pointless “mock” drafts (who cares about those anyway…just wait and see what happens!), overanalysis and speculation.

    For us still-sane fans, the answer is to tune it out completely…unplug for a few weeks when nothing is really happening. You are only subjected to this nonsense if you allow yourself to be.

  35. Come on, you guys know that Goodell is looking for a reason to move the draft to London.

  36. oh well then that makes sense. so radio city music hall decided that they had a bigger event in april that would bring in more interest and more publicity to their venue….

    wait….huh?

  37. somewhere mike mayock is throwing a fit over having to sit through another month of mock drafts only to get to the draft and totally skip over pretty much all non qb picks past round 3.

  38. Do you honestly believe that RCMH, after hosting the draft at the same time in April year after year, would suddenly book another event at the same time and then call the NFL and say “sorry, the venue is not available in April next year”?

    Do you honestly believe that NFL would book it’s draft venue year by year and not secure a long term contract?

    No way. There is absolutely no chance it went down that way. Sure, Radio City will book something else for those dates and then go along with the lie that it was their decision to not let the most powerful sports league in the world, and one of the most valuable corporations in the world book their venue whenever they wanted.

    This is the nadir of the league’s arrogant disregard for it’s fans. Now, not only do they know they can do whatever they want to you, but they also know that they can give you whatever absurd excuse they want, lie however blatantly they want, and you will never, ever, call them out on it.

    I frankly don’t care when the draft is, but the lying drives me crazy.

  39. matthewcarlson1 says:
    May 21, 2013 6:23 PM
    Don’t have it there then. Its their fault for scheduling something when they knew the draft is always at that time. They can lose it then.

    If you honestly believe that that is how it went down- that Radio City told the NFL they couldn’t have the venue in April- then I have a bridge in Arizona to sell you.

  40. I don’t care if they move it to May, but why do they think they need to come up with stupid excuses? Just say you moved it because it is a better fit for the league.

  41. Omaha has a nice venue available, just dress it up to look like RCMH for TV. The only ones that would know the difference would be those attending.
    Venue means NADA, its about THE DRAFT.

  42. I don’t think I could possibly hate Goodell more than I already do.

    But he’s certainly trying!

  43. just another ‘trial balloon’ being floated by the NFL to see how it’s received.
    there’s no conflict.
    It’ s just absorbing the reaction and seeing if anyone adds an idea they hadn’t thought of….so they can take credit for it.
    IF it was as simple as changing locations, someone in the league office would’ve been assigned to do it already. what’s the big deal with changing a location?
    GUARANTEE the draft becomes a road show, just like the NHL’s

  44. What a load of crap–I’m a former journalist I guess and I’m sorry but any writer/reporter worth a lick would be all over this story–confirming with Radio City Music Hall that they have an event, thus the NFL needs to move it. Come on, be news hounds, go after the real stories and divulge the truth. The truth shall set you free–there is a reason that is said, in case anyone has forgotten. I call Shenanigans on this and it stinks. If the draft is Mother’s Day weekend (and I’m not even married)–forget it. I won’t watch and won’t care. I will have more important things to tend to that weekend.

    I wish Goodell and the owners as well would just leave the damn game alone already. It is only being hurt more and more each year. SMH…

  45. Here’s a thought dumb dumb…for all the teams which play outdoors and who you won’t grant a Superbowl…how about rotating the draft in those cities???

  46. rotate the draft every year so other fans who cant travel to new york city can attend it…alot of people have work schedules and cant just up and leave for 3 days to go to the NYC.. just sayin!!!

  47. I’ve always hated that they hold it in NYC every year. Worthless Jets fans who don’t know anything about the draft prospects constantly booing…so freaking annoying. Why can’t they put the NFL Draft in the city whose team owns the #1 overall pick? 4 months is plenty of time to book a building and arrange some seats.

    I live in CA, if I want to go to the draft, I have to fly completely across the country just to listen to idiotic fans booing…move the freaking event, give other fans a chance.

  48. I guarantee you if you put it to a fan vote 90+% of fans will demand the venue be a different city every year.

    It’s totally unfair that Giants and Jets fans only have to grab a subway to see the draft and everyone else has to pay an arm and a leg.

    Meanwhile everyone has to sit at home and listen to those jacka#^es boo everyone other than their own picks and the soldiers.

    The NFLs popularity has far outgrown the need to hold the draft in the heart of NYC. You could hold this thing in the backwaters of West Virgnia and not lose a single viewer.

  49. Oh and to the person that said the divorces would go up if this is on Mother’s Day–I laughed. I shouldn’t have but I did, because sadly, it’s probably true. But let me ask you something. Think they NFL cares to put it lightly (won’t say what I’d like to here). They just care about your dollars, all of our dollars and as long as people keep giving in, they will keep seeing what else they can get away with to get even more money.

    And yes, surprised by the Schefter comment–strange coming from the worst (IMO) of all time and the ones that would seem to be in favor of this and just can’t to gear up their talking heads even more. Ugh.

  50. “screenpass says:
    May 21, 2013 5:41 PM
    I’ve always liked the idea of treating the Draft like the Superbowl, in that it could be in a different NFL city every year! Seems like a no-brainer to me.”
    __________________________________

    How about runner-up for hosting the Super Bowl gets the NFL draft?

  51. …well you have almost a year. And “hey were the NFL” is all you need to say to anybody

  52. Simple solution……..just change the venue every year like the NHL does. That way many different fan bases can experience it and you don’t have to worry about a conflict. Problem solved.

  53. Sounds like the venue was offered more money by someone else for one or more of those dates.

    I hope they consider another city….it would be a huge influx of cash into a city that doesnt normally get big events.

  54. ilovefoolsball says:
    May 21, 2013 5:34 PM
    What is this event that doth take precedence over the NFL draft?
    ————————————————–
    Not sure if you or anyone else will pay attention but I would think there is 2 conflicts. normally the nfl likes to have the draft the 3rd weekend in april (or it used to be) but next year easter is april 20th and radio city music hall will be having the annual shows with the rockettes in several weeks before and leading up to easter. well atleast that was my initial thought and after doing some digging nfl.com is saying this is the exact reason why the date being moved back. IMO not a bad move for the nfl to do

  55. It’s a shame that New York doesn’t really have a lot of places to hold events. Hopefully the NFL will be able to use hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to build an NFL Draft Cathedral.

    It’s an old lawyer joke but you can always tell Goodell’s lying because his lips are moving.

  56. Why does the draft need a venue? Just let yahoo host it.

    WEIRD THAT THERE ARE NO OTHER VENUES IN ALL OF NEW YORK CITY THAT CAN HOST THE DRAFT.

  57. The draft needs to moved around to different NFL cities so that everyone gets a chance to attend this fan favorite event.

  58. rgledz says:
    May 21, 2013 7:25 PM
    Simple solution……..just change the venue every year like the NHL does. That way many different fan bases can experience it and you don’t have to worry about a conflict. Problem solved.

    Yes, because the NHL is so much bigger and more successful than the NFL. The NFL should definitely take lessons from them.

  59. If New York wants to keep the draft the city must build a new publicly funded event center. If New York refuses than move the draft to LA.

    ***What Goodell was really saying***

  60. bs. the NFL’s sentiment monitoring revealed a lull in press coverage so he’s trying to spread out the events that garner press to keep the bottom line up

  61. reed20fence says:
    May 21, 2013 7:18 PM
    I guarantee you if you put it to a fan vote 90+% of fans will demand the venue be a different city every year.

    I guarantee you that the NFL could not possibly care less what fans think about anything. They know that they could hold the draft in Siberia in June and you would watch it.

    They know that they absolutely never, ever, have to worry about what the fans want.

    You want to know why? Remember the lockout where everyone said they were never going back?

    Well, you all came back. And now the league knows they never have to worry about you again.

  62. Las Vegas must be offering more money for the event, and it would be a better place to hold it anyways.

  63. Come on down to Buffalo, trust me, we have absolutely nothing going on that weekend, or any other for that matter (yes, I know it would be their 32nd choice).
    In all seriousness, does anyone doubt they could fill a major stadium? The draft is such a big deal these days, you could move it to the big house and be completely sold out. It would be really cool if they decided to go to a different city every year. I’m getting sick of Jets and Giants picks being the only ones that “matter” at Radio City.

  64. Here’s a novel idea Goodall

    Why not hold the draft in the winning Super Bowl city, like this year’s draft shoulda’ been held in Balt instead of that boring NY. I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of watching those whiny NY fans griping and growling at every team’s picks and mostly of their own teams ! NY is NOT the only place to hold the draft, spread the dammed thing around !!

  65. Goodell is full of crap,there’s been talks of moving the draft for sometime I hate that guy he has too much power over the sport we all love

  66. Wait the draft has been at one place and same month for how long but someone was able to book it all up? I call BS!! I wasn’t against moving it to may but feed us with this line of crap is just plain insulting.

  67. Something just not right here, the draft has been held Here for years and now they have a scheduling conflict? Sounds like the same BS coming from the White House these days.

  68. Maybe a dumb idea, but here goes……

    Why not hold the draft in a NFL team’s city that gets neglected for hosting a Superbowl?

  69. Geez eatitfanboy, cynical much??? What a miserable hateful little person you must be. Go troll negativity someplace else…or come up with an original idea. I know it’s tough for you.

  70. I really think the NFL should move the Draft every year so all 32 fan bases can experience the draft in their town. I think it is crap that NY host the draft every year. If they moved the draft around like the SB, it will help bring revenue to local businesses and fans would get a experience of a life time. Just a thought!

  71. BALONEY

    Eagles owner Jeff Lurie tried like @&!$ to get the draft held in Philly a few years ago and make it it’s new home.

    Venue is not the issue.

  72. Roger is a creep.

    How hard is it say we are moving the draft to May of 2014 in attempt to have better coverage leading up to the draft. If it doesn’t work out we will move it back to April in 2015.

    People would at-least respect that instead of pretending the venue is booked and replacing on those dates is somehow impossible

  73. As a fan who attends the draft each year, I would say changing the venue wouldn’t be so horrible. Radio City is a spectacular theater if you’re watching a concert or ogling Rockettes. For Football fans, not so much. I actually enjoyed the one year at the Javitz Center…most fan-friendly event.

  74. I guess the Baltimore Orioles have the place rented out and we all know that the NFL is intimidated by the Baltimore Orioles!!!

  75. Let’s see how Roger is earning the big bucks this year (so far).

    First major league baseball stares him down and forces a Super Bowl winner to go on the road for the season opener.

    Then apparently 5 or 6 Rockettes threatened to beat him up because he couldn’t get the weekend reserved for the draft (the same weekend and venue since he’s been commisioner).

    Looking forward:

    The Hall of Fame game has been moved to a Tuesday at 3:00 PM because Cub Scout Pack 53 has reserved Canton stadium for a knot tieing demonstration and sleepover.

    Budweiser, Miller, and Coors beer will no longer be served in NFL stadiums. Goodell through grueling negotiation has secured a 10 year contract with Zima.

  76. It would be worth moving the draft to another city just so we never have to see those idiot Jet fans again.

  77. all the people dat are hating on NYC and want the draft to rotate are fools and too broke or lazy too travel here too nyc or google some cheap hotels or at least find some local family members too stay with??
    radio city is a good venue just there rules are bad no backpacks or laptops allowed or bringing memorbilia too get signed thats da only problem i had dem,
    if u need a bigger venue use BARCLAYS CENTER or metlife or even yankees stadium or in NJ Prudential Center
    there are options folks

  78. Hell… Just say we think it’ll make more money for us. At least it would be honest and people would get it. Lying about an event conflict is silly schoolyard bullcrap. Grow a pair and tell the truth.

  79. Come on commish do not piss on my leg and tell me its raining.This is all about the May sweeps and TV ratings in prime time. In other words just tell us its only for money we are doing this.Otherwise move the draft to earlier in the month or to another venue.

  80. Maybe the NFL should just hold a lottery -type drawing at halftime of the stupid Pro Bowl for hosting rights…That would give me at least some reason to watch it. Every NFL city but New York gets a chance to host ( give NY’s slot to Vegas) until everybody has had a turn.

  81. Maybe that guy from the hotel room was wiping his s&!t on the walls of RCMH and got them kicked out. That’s the only thing I can think of that they’d have to leave…

  82. This is crap. Move it to another venue or move it to the week before Easter week. It needs to be earlier not later. It’s a big gap after the superbowl stuck inside for the winter. May sucks. I’ll be outside instead and will have to tape it.

  83. I rather it be all in one day. It’s long enough no1 cares to watch last day anyway

    What’s wrong with Javits center

    They can’t have it in garden or Barclays due to postseason games maybe

    Why not have the draft online let the fans vote to pick since roger wanna make it fan friendly lol

  84. Move it out of NY so we can be spared seeing Namath 3 sheets to the wind. What an embarrassment!

  85. Although, no SB will ever go to Green Bay, why not host the NFL draft in the NFL’s most storied city?

    Or…just give each NFL city their chance at hosting the event like the NBA all-star game.

  86. I’d like to know what event radio city music hall deems more worthy than the NFL draft.

  87. Leave it to Goodell and he will screw everything up. There should be some way for those in the league to vote out a commissioner.

  88. vikescry1 says:May 21, 2013 6:33 PM

    @the magician funny I thought it was definitely called for. Matter of fact they should move the draft to Minny so nothing but fat blondes can show up.
    _______

    Looks like somebody is a little nervous about how their favorite team is going to do against the Vikings this year.

  89. Why wouldn’t the Easter event have to schedule around the Draft?? Seems to be way more of a “holiday” event anyways. The excuse is that this Easter event would coincide with the draft, but as far as I can see, the draft this year was April 25-28. Easter Sunday obviously changes every year, but the latest it will be in the calendar year is April 21 (in 2019) for the next eight years… I don’t see how this presents a conflict, although I assume unknowingly that the Easter event will be held on Easter Sunday. Who knows, maybe its a month-long event. Either way, Why?

  90. Maybe the warden will let Jimmy Haslam hold it at the Federal Detention Center Dining Hall.

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