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Mark Murphy: It “would be great” if Green Bay hosted NFL Draft

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Green Bay is one of numerous cities reportedly interested in eventually playing host to the NFL Draft.

Count the Packers as supportive of the idea, too.

In a Q&A with fans on the club’s website, team president and CEO Mark Murphy said the team has reached out to the NFL “regarding the specifications” of putting on the draft in Green Bay. He noted that hosting the draft “would be great for the local community.”

If the NFL indeed begins to stage the draft in various league cities, Green Bay would be an intriguing site, given the Packers’ history and the city’s support of pro football.

Chicago, Los Angeles and New York are among the cities being considered to host the 2015 draft, which is moving from New York City’s Radio City Music Hall for at least the coming year.

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51 Responses to “Mark Murphy: It “would be great” if Green Bay hosted NFL Draft”
  1. stellarperformance says: Jul 6, 2014 2:47 PM

    Hey, why not? The area is too small to host a SuperBowl, but something like this shouldn’t be a problem. Especially in that beautiful atrium.

  2. champs794 says: Jul 6, 2014 2:50 PM

    JUST SAY NO to cold weather NFL draft sites. The event could be snowed in! Dogs and cats… living together!

  3. thepftpoet says: Jul 6, 2014 2:50 PM

    Maybe for a circus.

    Oh wait they already have one called the “Green Bay Packers”

  4. andrewluck12 says: Jul 6, 2014 2:53 PM

    Why does that town always feel like they’re entitled to things like this? How about they hold it in my hometown of Plymouth Indiana

  5. packfntk says: Jul 6, 2014 3:00 PM

    It would be great. Draft accommodations aren’t near as much as Super Bowl. Lambeau…. Draft…. Do it.

  6. mvp43 says: Jul 6, 2014 3:05 PM

    Before all the Vikings fans chime in, which they will, Green Bay is one of the few historic NFL franchises. Because of the size a SB is out of the question, but this would be a great consolation.

  7. SilentMajority says: Jul 6, 2014 3:05 PM

    No one wants to go to Green Bay, not even Wisconsinites.

  8. skolvikes28allday says: Jul 6, 2014 3:08 PM

    history of what who can eat the most blocks of cheese in 5 minutes

  9. lennydpocketqb says: Jul 6, 2014 3:08 PM

    I watch the draft on tv. I see fans in the place but I never get a vibe of how many are in the room. Is this that much of a live event?

  10. pkrlvr says: Jul 6, 2014 3:13 PM

    There might still be some snow on the ground but I say bring it on. Very few cities have the legacy we are lucky enough to have. Certainly not our neighbors to the east or west;)

  11. Smarterthanyou says: Jul 6, 2014 3:15 PM

    NOBODY wants to go attend the draft at the home team site that boasts the leagues whiniest fans, has gigantic females that look like Paul Bunyan, has absolutely zero nightlife options, and where the only attraction is the weekly dairy cow milk off

  12. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jul 6, 2014 3:17 PM

    Shouldn’t they get a hotel first?

  13. cinvis says: Jul 6, 2014 3:21 PM

    Who cares where the draft is??? They don’t even need a location in this day and age. Hold it online. Teams don’t have to be at a central location anymore. Even to make trades team don’t talk to each in person. If they are 12 feet away from each other, they still talk on the phone!

  14. pkrlvr says: Jul 6, 2014 3:23 PM

    To answer the first guy’s question its because Plymouth didn’t win the first two super bowls and thirteen world titles. The Superbowl trophy is named after our coach and Lambeau field is an absolute legend. On top of that have been a perennial contender for the last 20 years which is something no one else can boast. Need more?

  15. moeman79 says: Jul 6, 2014 3:24 PM

    Why not host it in the city that won the SB as a reward

  16. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 6, 2014 3:27 PM

    No NFL city would be as enthusiastically supportive as Green Bay. Nobody rolls out the red carpet to other fans than Packers’ fans.
    Anyone who has attended a game in Green Bay understands how unique and friendly people there are.

    Tour buses take you to all the historical NFL sites, and a trip to the Packers Hall of Fame can take days to soak it all in and still be kid friendly.

    Green Bay is centrally located and is friendly middle America with a very low crime rate yet has casinos and a fantastic night life.

    Once Green Bay hosts the draft, the NFL will not want to locate it anywhere else because Green Bay IS the most NFL friendly city in America.

  17. johnnyb612 says: Jul 6, 2014 3:28 PM

    Ummm ok? What did you think he’d say? It would suck? I’ve seen some epic non-stories on this site before, but this one is really out there.

  18. ariani1985 says: Jul 6, 2014 3:38 PM

    Yeah and what to do for entertainment? Shoot moose on main Street? Clear snow at the local church? Tour the 50 bars per block?

  19. dalcow4 says: Jul 6, 2014 3:38 PM

    Sounds good, but where would you have it? Can’t do it outdoors in the stadium, and the Atrium thing is too small. So you have to move it to a convention center and you just lost the oomph that having it in Green Bay would have produced.

    I still say Vegas is the best choice.

  20. pats4win says: Jul 6, 2014 3:38 PM

    The Nfl should pony up some bread and build a draft hall / combine center at Canton, adjacent to the HoF.

  21. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 6, 2014 3:41 PM

    Why not Green Bay the city lives and breathes football, the tradition, not to mention Lambeau being the mecca of football.

  22. beanzze says: Jul 6, 2014 3:47 PM

    The great part of the draft in NYC is all the different teams that are represented. In Green Bay there are only Packer fans

  23. 1rockyracoon says: Jul 6, 2014 3:48 PM

    They could go from hosting it at historic Radio City Music Hall to an Econo Lodge. Of course, I’m assuming Green Bay has at least 1 Econo Lodge with a conference center. Seriously, the only reason to ever go to Green Bay is to watch an actual football game or witness protection.

  24. douge4real says: Jul 6, 2014 3:58 PM

    lol gb is the poops

  25. Xenu D. Alien says: Jul 6, 2014 4:00 PM

    That might be a good thing. Let cities that can’t realistically host a Super Bowl host the draft. Any city big enough to have a team should be able to manage that.

  26. dragonfly99 says: Jul 6, 2014 4:09 PM

    Great idea. Move it around between all 32 NFL cities.

  27. uglydingo says: Jul 6, 2014 4:16 PM

    Is there a city that would pay the NFL big bucks for the privilege of holding the Draft? They would also have to promise not to boo the Commissioner when he strides on stage.
    Whichever city can satisfy those requirements is the winner. This is not about finding good amenities for the fans who want to attend, it’s about generating additional revenue for the NFL and getting bigger TV ratings (oh yes, that’s increasing NFL revenue).

  28. 6ball says: Jul 6, 2014 4:20 PM

    Mel Kiper in the sub freezing April Green Bay weather? Okay with me.

  29. whatjusthapped says: Jul 6, 2014 4:21 PM

    Green Bay could easily handle it and all the Viking fans could attend without the humiliation of losing another game to the Packers like they have in the last 4 years they made the trip to WI.

  30. uwsptke says: Jul 6, 2014 4:39 PM

    NOBODY wants to go attend the draft at the home team site that boasts the leagues whiniest fans, has gigantic females that look like Paul Bunyan, has absolutely zero nightlife options, and where the only attraction is the weekly dairy cow milk off

    Exactly. That’s why the article is talking about hosting the draft in Green Bay, not Minneapolis.

  31. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jul 6, 2014 4:47 PM

    Nobody rolls out the red carpet to other fans than Packers’ fans. Anyone who has attended a game in Green Bay understands how unique and friendly people there are.

    It would be nice if we could see some of that friendliness in the PFT comment section.

  32. pkrlvr says: Jul 6, 2014 4:48 PM

    Lol….shoot moose in the street? We don’t have any moose. Unless you are talking about our women? In which case that’s just mean…

  33. bmue42 says: Jul 6, 2014 4:48 PM

    I love that packer fans don’t even dignify Viking fans comments with a response. Jealousy breeds hate

  34. chris1cat says: Jul 6, 2014 4:49 PM

    What a dumb idea

  35. claymatthewscromagnonforehead says: Jul 6, 2014 4:57 PM

    Green Bay doesn’t have the hotels, the entertainment, anything really, for even a smaller event like the NFL Draft.

    Honestly, you’d be better off having the Draft in Appleton then in Green Bay. They have more hotels, nice restaurants, etc.

    Green Bay is essentially a dumpster fire surrounded by factories. Don’t believe me? Come visit.

  36. sincejumpstreet says: Jul 6, 2014 5:11 PM

    This is a joke, right? Green Bay? As in Bratwurst City? What’s anybody going to do for fun? Tour the John Deere dealership? Take selfies by all the street signs? The fact that goofball town has a team is an anomaly — kept in place by TV revenue. No other reason on the face of the earth. Green Bay? Please.

  37. jedyknyt says: Jul 6, 2014 5:18 PM

    I’d rather go to Chernobyl, the women look the same there!!!

  38. squared80 says: Jul 6, 2014 5:36 PM

    Where is everyone going to stay and east… Chicago? May as well just have it there then. Say what you will about Green Bay’s history in football… the town is a dump and there is no way the Drat would work there. It’s too big.

  39. dobberdubinsky says: Jul 6, 2014 5:47 PM

    Players to be drafted love going to the Big Apple for the first time, feeling the electricity of the city and the anticipation of the draft. Doing the draft in Wisconsin would pretty much be the opposite. Players would have to be housed in trailer parks and might as well show up to draft wearing overalls instead of suits. Keep the draft in NYC, it’s the biggest day of these young men’s lives, let them enjoy it!!

  40. dirtyhelmet says: Jul 6, 2014 6:09 PM

    Anyone that would actually be in favor of that idea has:
    A) Never been to Green Bay
    B)Never been out of Green Bay

    If you want to have absolutely nothing to do except attend the draft and get the hell out of town, then I guess it makes perfect sense. Laughable!

  41. packfan0492 says: Jul 6, 2014 6:12 PM

    Who ever wins the Super Bowl should host the Draft.

  42. bassplucker says: Jul 6, 2014 6:15 PM

    Yes, because east-central Wisconsin in mid-April is simply a wonderland of delights.


  43. sonofad says: Jul 6, 2014 6:15 PM

    It would be a fitting honor for the winningest franchise in NFL history.

  44. ccc23454 says: Jul 6, 2014 6:40 PM

    I am not a GB fan at all but should be host to the 50th SUPERBOWL!!! pansy league

  45. WI has no economy says: Jul 6, 2014 7:25 PM

    Wow, this really would be great news for GB, maybe, for once, if even just for a weekend, “Wisconsin” could have something that resembles a real life economy…….

  46. klutch14u says: Jul 6, 2014 7:39 PM

    Honestly with the time of year this is everything should be able to host it, new city/stadium every year.

  47. kansacity88 says: Jul 6, 2014 8:05 PM

    Noooooo! If any place up there…..Milwaukee!!!!

  48. Bigfoot says: Jul 6, 2014 8:44 PM

    No way Green Bay is a dump

  49. GenXJay says: Jul 6, 2014 9:58 PM

    I hear the widest street can accommodate a thousand vehicles in cheesebay; just hang a left on Prides-A-Sin Ave. and continue on Mike McCarthy until you see the valet in flannel.

  50. mortwannabe says: Jul 7, 2014 1:56 PM

    Oh that silly pftpoet. Oh Magoo you’ve done it again.

  51. veence69 says: Jul 8, 2014 6:27 AM

    They can hold the draft at the Applebee’s, then go marvel at the Donald Driver black face statue.

    Green Bay sucks. No one wants to go there. There’s a reason why the team had to play half of their home games in Milwaukee for a quarter century.

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