NFL pushes draft back two weeks, only major change

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Well, now we know how much later the draft will be next year.

The league just posted a “save the date” card on its Facebook page, informing fans the 2014 NFL Draft will be held May 8-10, 2014, at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

That’s two weeks later than this year’s, after they initially considered pushing it back three weeks.

Picking that weekend might have been a tacit concession to the push-back from all the football types who have complained about the later start, by making it slightly shorter than it could have been.

The league has also announced that the Scouting Combine would be held Feb. 18-25, with the league year starting March 11, keeping everything in place.

That means that other than two weeks more for mock drafts and hype, everything else stays the same, for now.

55 responses to “NFL pushes draft back two weeks, only major change

  1. It will be interesting to see next April which event has the cache to muscle out the Annual NFL draft, Radio City Music Gall extravaganza.

    Its gotta be worth seeing whatEVER it is.

  2. Roger Goodell isn’t happy unless he’s changing something. He’d probably lose his mind if there were two consecutive NFL seasons without severe changes to the rules, the schedule or the list of foreign countries where games are being played.

  3. The NFL is the only business on earth that thrives even though it routinely does the exact opposite of what it’s customers want. The gap between the Super Bowl and the draft already seemed like it was forever long. Now it’s going to be forever long plus 2 weeks. This blows.

  4. I think the league could generate more TV revenue if they extended the draft back to ten rounds. Keep rounds 1, 2, and 3 in primetime on Thursday/Friday night. Have 4-7 all day Saturday, and 8-10 all day Sunday. Football fans would eat it up. And really, what else is there to do on a Sunday afternoon in May? Do “Hard Knocks” reruns really bring in the advertising dollars? As many undrafted free agents that make teams every year, it would make sense to give those players a chance to get drafted.

  5. I’ll be watching it, I just won’t be watching it on TV where they can get TV ratings. I hope others do the same.

  6. I saw no need to do this, and still don’t. Goodell is truly an Owner’s Commissioner, with little to no regard for the fans.

  7. Bet it back fires in there faces.

    They now have it schedule for the 2 days before fishing openers in Minnesota. Wonder how many other states have fishing openers the same weekend.

    Lot less people to be watching the TV during that time frame because of it

  8. Two more weeks for bored college players to ruin their careers before they start with stupid arrests and other boneheaded decisions. Should be fun to watch.

  9. A small step, but a step in the right direction. I understand everybody is eager for the draft and think that it’s a big deal to have to wait to see who the teams select, but there are bigger issues at play and this change is better for the long-term health of the NFL. They didn’t do it to make things worse and create suffering. If you want to complain about the NFL, then complain about all of the key things they should be doing that they aren’t addressing. But they are addressing this matter at least and doing something to improve it. They just need to focus on bigger fish (problems) to fry.

  10. Note to NFL (God Dell) keep the draft in April move it to the Verizon Center Washington D.C. the Wizards nor Caps will be needing the venue…

  11. Can the NFL just leave one thing alone for a change. Not that this is a big deal but every year there are changes that fans usually don’t like. Too bad there isn’t another league to rival the NFL then maybe they’ll listen to the fans instead of always doing what Not so Goodell wants.

  12. If New York can’t accommodate the draft in April, then move the location of the draft, not the date.

    Atlanta, Washington, Chicago, Nashville and most NFL cities (outside of Buffalo and Green Bay) could host the draft. Why be tied to New York City?

  13. there was talk some years ago , about holding the draft in different cities every year ….like whatever team had one of the top 5 picks holding the draft in that teams city ……..why New York ????
    Roger Goodell claims to be a lawyer ….he sounds more like a used car salesman

  14. Watching the mock drafts for two more weeks could drive me absolutely crazy. The people that spend countless time on the useless mock draft will cause others that care less to want to throw their computer in the trash.

  15. I don’t see why they just don’t move it to the Atlantic City Convention Center? It’s surely big enough, off the beaten path, and going there would help those folks out economically, that got pounded by Sandy.

  16. “vmannj says:
    May 28, 2013 12:20 PM
    I think the league could generate more TV revenue if they extended the draft back to ten rounds. Keep rounds 1, 2, and 3 in primetime on Thursday/Friday night. Have 4-7 all day Saturday, and 8-10 all day Sunday. Football fans would eat it up. And really, what else is there to do on a Sunday afternoon in May?”
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    Pretty sad that you wouldn’t be able to find anything else to do but watch bottom rounds of the draft on a weekend.

    There are so many other options to watching this form of visual heroin.

  17. @LionsDraftGuy

    You being a Lions fan should give you no room to run your mouth to begin with.

    If Harbaugh is reaching. Then I am sure alot of teams & fanbases would love his reaches & coaching knowledge. You must be talking about the Aldon Smith reach right?? Or was it the productive Kendall Hunter reach or the Colin Kaepernick reach?? Maybe the LaMicheal James reach??

    I know his picks look like reaches compared to Gym Shorts gems he found like Titus Young, Mikell Leshoure, Nick Fairley, or the little Cal running back that was knocked out two years ago in the hand shake game your still upset about.

    When is the last time the Lions have won heir own division?? When was the last time the Lions beat Green Bay in Green Bay?? When was the last time your Lions went to a Superbowl??(never I already know) How many MNF games has the Lions hosted in the last twenty year?? (2) Who is the only franchise to go winless in the modern era??(Detroit 0 &16) Who is the only NFC team to never reach a Superbowl in the modern era??(Detroit again)

  18. I cant belive the NFL Draft got bumped by the damn DOG SHOW…are you kidding me? We now have the sporting group led by the Boshoi hound…Eber kenever,,,The Boshoi,,is …BLAH BLAH BLAH…Gotta throw the BS flag on this one!!!!!

  19. Dumbest thing Goodell has ever done!!! Finals for some kids. MOTHERS DAY!!!!! OTA’s start what two weeks after that? How are teams supposed to get these guys signed and up to speed. Absolutely pathetic. If the venue does not have the sense to save that date then why should the NFL have any loyalty to the venue?? Move it to Chicago or something and maybe they will remember next year.

  20. Everyone realizes the draft–for now–would still be over on Saturday, leaving Mother’s Day okay for everyone to treat their wives, mothers, etc etc?

    But regardless, this is dumb and I hate to say it, but I think an 18-game season is coming. Only good if they get rid of two pre-season games and finally charge less for those anyways. You would have to have one entire game be for those trying to make a spot on the team with the second being the first half for the starters/incumbents/stars to shake some rust off…IMO. It could work. But I really hope they don’t do 18 and 4 that is dumb and contradicts their stance that they are for the safety of their players.

  21. Schedule conflict is for a dog show? Really? Oh that is priceless. I love dogs but come on. I think RCMH already knew of the leagues intentions and booked this–IMO. I love dogs but come on man…no way the draft would of been bumped for a dog show. I call shenanigans and smoke and mirrors here.

  22. Dumb, dumb, dumb. NFL had a chance to take this “On the road” to other parts of the country and let other fans participate – Missed opportunity.

  23. thestrategyexpert says:May 28, 2013 12:35 PM

    A small step, but a step in the right direction. I understand everybody is eager for the draft and think that it’s a big deal to have to wait to see who the teams select, but there are bigger issues at play and this change is better for the long-term health of the NFL. They didn’t do it to make things worse and create suffering. If you want to complain about the NFL, then complain about all of the key things they should be doing that they aren’t addressing. But they are addressing this matter at least and doing something to improve it. They just need to focus on bigger fish (problems) to fry.

    Exactly how is holding it 2 weeks later “better for the long term health” of the NFL?? Your posts are constantly long and a feeble attempt to try and sound intelligent yet you never back it up with facts.

  24. fwippel says: May 28, 2013 12:44 PM

    If New York can’t accommodate the draft in April, then move the location of the draft, not the date.

    Atlanta, Washington, Chicago, Nashville and most NFL cities (outside of Buffalo and Green Bay) could host the draft. Why be tied to New York City?
    —————-
    The draft is in New York City for one reason only – so the Artist Formerly Known as Pete Rozelle’s Driver can take a cab to get there instead of an airplane. And whatever Roger wants, Roger gets.

  25. The NFL just wants to make sure that any potential draft picks who have not yet been busted for possession are given every opportunity to do so.

  26. This is terrible. After the SB, i’m stick inside craving football waiting the long time for FA and the draft. I’d watch all of anything football related then. Come May, there is too much going on outside. Hopefully, I can still catch the first two nights. I’ll be taping Day 3 and skimming through it later unless it rains that day. I usually had a bunch of people over to watch it too. I had already lost people that had to work Thurs and Fri.
    I guess i’ll get over this habit too in time just like I did when Stern ruined the NBA. At least they draft right after the season ends.

  27. I can’t believe people care this much about the draft. Who cares when or where it is?

    Also to everyone who says this is a precursor to the 18 game regular season, why? What does 2 weeks in april and may before the 2 month vacation of jun and jul have anything to do with aug-feb?

    Not only that, but I would think they would have had to make it earlier if they were going to try to add 2 more games, right? Start the preseason half way thru july instead of in august. But moving the draft later goes completely against this idea.

    What the heck is everyone talking about?

  28. They’ve already ruined the draft for me– moving it to Primetime just made it another thing on TV during the week.

    I used to get geeked-up for a full Saturday and Sunday of grilling, enjoying some beverages with buddies on our off-day– when NOTHING else was happening.

    While I watched it out of interest, I find myself enjoying it much less— Now this…

    I’m out!

  29. Sucks. I hated waiting until the end of April. Free agency is only great for a few days and then dies out. Another mistake by Goodell.

  30. I wanna know why New Yuck always gets the draft? How about giving the draft to reigning super bowl champs. Or anybody else!!!!!

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