Rooney would love to host NFL Draft in Pittsburgh

AP

While cities such as San Diego and Miami have risked falling out of the Super Bowl rotation because of stadium issues, plenty of cold-weather cities are springing up to host other NFL events.

Echoing the request of Chicago’s mayor, Steelers president Art Rooney II said he thinks his town could and should host the NFL Draft.

Rooney wasn’t going pie-in-the-sky for a Super Bowl bid, but told the team’s official website that if scheduling conflicts continued to complicate holding the selection meeting at Radio City Music Hall, he’d love to host.

“Sure, I’d like to see the draft move around (to other cities), and I would love to see it come to Pittsburgh some time,” Rooney said. “It’s a great event and attracts tremendous fan interest. It would be a fun event for Pittsburgh to host, and I think our city could do a great job with it.”

With the event becoming more and more of a television show and less and less of a live-action event, there’s no reason not to spread it around geographically, if the league stands firm on keeping the calendar spread as far as it has.

37 responses to “Rooney would love to host NFL Draft in Pittsburgh

  1. Ain’t nobody gonna want to go to Sh*tsburgh, the same way nobody would want to do it in Cleveland (my hometown, though I moved from that hell hole to Medina, OH a few years ago). Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if Jerry Jones hasn’t already opened his big mouth to offer up his palace. It will end up happening in some city, some big city, maybe even LA, but our two towns have little to offer a reception like the NFL Draft.

  2. I think it would be awesome if they moved the NFL Draft around the same way they do the Super Bowl. I, for one, would love to attend one in the SF Bay Area but always find it problematic to get to RCMH in New York City. Let Pittsburgh start it and move it around from there. The time has come.

  3. Pittsburgh is an awesome city, somehow it has managed to lose the steel mills and be vibrant. No one ever forgets the first time they see the city, coming out of the tunnel at night. (Anthony Weiner put Pittsbugh’s skyline on his ad for electing him mayor of NYC.)
    Look at your map. Medina is Cleveland.

  4. About time! Wherever it goes, we won’t have to contend with the circus Jets’ fans. And, no one goes to Pgh without being impressed. If nothing else, you can eat at The Lamont on Mt. Washington. Sorry, naysayers, I live in Dayton, OH.

  5. godofwine330-Please refrain from lumping a championship, progressive, white-collar (w/ blue collar history and attitude) town such as Pittsburgh, with the stagnant town of Cleveland. They are incredibly different places.

  6. yes Pittsburgh has streets of gold now since hosting nhl draft. (hope you can sense sarcasm) what a ‘regional surplus’ (hope you can sense sarcasm again)

  7. As the Steelers head further and further into the AFCN basement, Rooney is going to be grasping for more and more straws to keep financially solvent. Sorry, Art. But the Benedum Center
    can’t compete with Radio City Music Hall. Maybe you can get a touring company to come in and put on a revival of Cats.

  8. kane337 says:

    The worst team in the league with the first pick in the draft should be forced to host it.

    ———–

    It would make more sense for the SB winning team to host it so they can keep the attention of fans in attendance for the whole 2 hours instead of the first 2 minutes.

  9. I think the NFL draft should always be done in Indianapolis, just like the combine. It truly is the greatest city in the world and is also home to an NFL team, the Indianapolis Colts, who in my opinion are the greatest franchise in the history of sports. Now that you all agree with me, lets make it happen Roger.

  10. Hosting it in the city that holds the first overall pick sounds like a pretty cool idea. It would generate some excitement in a town that could use it and the fan involvement would be great.

    I would say to take it a bit further and make it a multi city event. First & Second round is hosted by the team with the first overall pick and then Third & Fourth round is hosted by the Super Bowl champs, Fifth, Sixth & Seventh hosted by the team that lost the Super Bowl.

    You’d have to go back to the Friday, Saturday, Sunday format, but I think it would be much cooler to move it around a bit.

  11. I’m all for moving the draft around and would love Pittsburgh to host but Canton Ohio and the HOF deserve first shot.

    Canton got screwed out of its annual HOF game during the last CBA negotiation and deserves some sort of payback.

    Hosting the draft in RCMH is unwatchable. It stinks that the same bunch of drunks boo and curse Goodell and rival team’s picks.

    What should be a positive moment for a college player, their family, fans of the university and the team picking is an embarassment.

  12. This whole story is based upon absolute and complete nonsense.

    There was no scheduling conflict with Radio City Music Hall. The league obviously let them know that were most likely moving the draft so RCMH booked something else for April.

    The idea that it was the other way around- that RCMH called the most popular sports league on the planet and told them they couldn’t have their usual date because they wanted to have an Easter show simply defies reason- no rational person actually believes that.

  13. “Hosting the draft in RCMH is unwatchable. It stinks that the same bunch of drunks boo and curse Goodell and rival team’s picks.”

    Yeah! Why not give the Pittsburgh drunks a chance to boo and curse Goodell and rival teams’ picks? Heck, the whole town could get plastered and act like a bunch of vile, profanity spewing maniacs.

    Wait. I’ve just described a home game at Heinz field, haven’t I?

  14. LOL, Sorry. Being from Cleveland I have nothing good to say about Pittsburgh (old rivalries die hard). I have been to Pittsburge 3 times (a moonlight cruise last August, Kennywood last year and walked around the city for 2 hours during a layover from Greyhound. It is not bad, I was joking earlier. Aside from the extreme hills, it held up better than Cleveland did – which is why I moved. Ne’redowells and poor police response drove me away. Medina homes are nicer, bigger, larger yards, with a strong police presence.

    It would be nice to have the team that wins the Super Bowl the previous year, (the Giants would have had this year’s draft and next year it would be in Baltimore). It would not move around to every NFL city, but a little extra benefit for the city who won the big game the previous year to host the draft would be a nice little gift.

  15. bigbenownsthenfl says: Jun 20, 2013 11:43 AM

    Everybody is jealous of Pittsburgh and the deep rich Steeler winning tradition! It’s both pathetic and hilarious!
    ____________________________________

    Jealous of the Steelers’ winning tradition? Guilty.

    Jealous of Pittsburgh? Bwahahaha!

  16. Why not host the draft in Pittsburgh. Its a great city and one of the great organizations in Pro Football. In the event it ever happens, It would be extra sweet if the steelers were picking 32nd too.

  17. “Hosting the draft in RCMH is unwatchable. It stinks that the same bunch of drunks boo and curse Goodell and rival team’s picks.”

    Yeah! Why not give the Pittsburgh drunks a chance to boo and curse Goodell and rival teams’ picks? Heck, the whole town could get plastered and act like a bunch of vile, profanity spewing maniacs.

    Wait. I’ve just described a home game at Heinz field, haven’t I?

    7 10 No you described a home game in charm city where rival fans get beat up waiting for a ride. You have so much hate and jealousy of and for Pittsbugh it borders on …..no it is insane. As Bob Zilla said we skimm most of your worthless posts as a groupie has no substance…just looking for attention.

  18. “It would be extra sweet if the steelers were picking 32nd too.”

    I’m sure the Ravens would be willing to trade down for one or two extra picks.

  19. nirvana504 says:
    Jun 20, 2013 11:24 AM
    “Lets go to Pittsburg!!!”
    Said no one ever

    25 63 Hopefully that means you won’t go to Pittsbugh…a collective amen from 500,000 happy yin zeros.

  20. I live in Cleveland and I’m a Browns fan, and I see no good reason why the draft couldn’t be held in Pittsburgh, or any of the NFL cities.

    And while I have a healthy dislike of the Stllrs, the Burgh itself is not without its charm. I enjoy visiting there, despite (insert miscellaneous anti-yinzer insult here).

  21. larrydavid7000 says:
    Jun 20, 2013 4:22 PM
    Nobody wants to go to stinkburg. TV ratings would be at an all time low.!!!!!

    0 0 Bet you’ve never been to Pittsburgh in your life and for that matter I have been higher in the air than you’ve been on the ground from your house. Stay in your little hovel and choke on your smugness Pittsburgh doesn’t need you or your kind.

  22. nirvana504 says:
    Jun 20, 2013 11:24 AM

    “Lets go to Pittsburg!!!”
    Said no one ever

    * * * *

    First, learn how to spell PittsburgH. Thanks. Great city, great people, great place to live.

  23. There is no dirtier, more disgusting city on the planet than NYC. I’m pretty sure anyplace else would be an upgrade, especially a city with the class and charm of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, home of the SIX-TIME Super Bowl Champion Steelers…

    nickster:
    Twenty-five years ago was 1988. I can assure you that Pittsburgh was just as beautiful then as it is now. Pittsburgh hasn’t been a “smoky, hazy industrial city” since the 1960s, when the population reached 600,000 before settling at its current 300,000.

  24. “There is no dirtier, more disgusting city on the planet than NYC. I’m pretty sure anyplace else would be an upgrade, especially a city with the class and charm of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, home of the SIX-TIME Super Bowl Champion Steelers…”

    Wow. These occasional field trips into the mind of a Steelers fan can be a little frightening sometimes.

  25. I love the NFL, but I won’t spend 20 minutes watching the draft. All I need to do is spend 20 minutes reading about it and I know everything I would have learned watching it for two days.

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