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Roger Goodell: NFL to hold 2015 draft in Los Angeles or Chicago


In a break from tradition, the NFL won’t hold the draft in New York next year.

Commissioner Roger Goodell indicated Thursday the league will choose between Los Angeles or Chicago as a host site for the 2015 NFL Draft, according to Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times.

“We’re focusing solely on Los Angeles and Chicago now,” Goodell said, the Times reported.

According to the Times, Goodell said a decision on a host site was slated for “late summer,” but he noted the league could take more time if needed. The commissioner said that New York’s Radio City Music Hall was not available for the event in the times needed next spring, thus taking the United States’ most populous city out of the mix, per the Times.

Goodell also said the league was weighing ways to “strengthen the last day” of the draft, with the commissioner noting the idea of clubs perhaps even announcing last-day picks at their headquarters was among those on the table, according to the Times.

Goodell reportedly made his remarks at an event for CBS, which will air “Thursday Night Football” in 2014.

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  1. joeflaccoallday says: Jul 17, 2014 9:27 PM

    Should of been the greatest city in America: Baltimore, MD.

  2. bobbyhoying says: Jul 17, 2014 9:27 PM

    It’s got to be Chicago. It’s a much better pro football town than anything in Southern California.

  3. binkystevens says: Jul 17, 2014 9:29 PM

    Let’s see: one city has great football tradition, the other one has no team and lost two teams due to fan apathy. Should be an easy choice.

  4. dickshotdogs says: Jul 17, 2014 9:32 PM

    I’m not saying this out of anger, but after this past draft, I truly believe that I will no longer watch the draft. I may watch round one, but I’m still ticked at myself for losing those two other days of my life. No lie. Of course, I chose to watch. Not anymore.

  5. mialto says: Jul 17, 2014 9:32 PM

    Chicago is the obvious choice. Cause Rohm Emmanuel said so

  6. raiderapologist says: Jul 17, 2014 9:36 PM

    All of this draft stuff and London stuff is just making Mark Cuban look like a sage. Mark Cuban>Roger Goodell.

  7. kabasaman says: Jul 17, 2014 9:37 PM

    Why in the world would you put it in Los Angles?.. They can’t even support a team, even though we all know how bad the NFL and Rodger want one there.

  8. pfu2 says: Jul 17, 2014 9:37 PM

    Should have made it in Cleveland since they will own it for a second straight year!

  9. 1952vikefan says: Jul 17, 2014 9:38 PM

    so you know that means Los Angeles they want a team there real bad so they have to generate some kind of nfl activity

  10. elliottcovert says: Jul 17, 2014 9:42 PM

    Radio City is a great place to hold the draft, but its good to change things up every once in a while. Let’s see how LA or Chicago works.

  11. snipedanglecelly13 says: Jul 17, 2014 9:45 PM

    Chicago would be interesting

  12. pittspuke7 says: Jul 17, 2014 9:47 PM

    The steelers will be one of the first teams to draft as they spiral downward since Tim Tebow beat them years ago. O winning seasons and o playoff wins since then.

  13. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 17, 2014 9:52 PM

    Strengthen? Sounds like they are just changing the dressing on the same salad.

  14. beerbudsnbevo says: Jul 17, 2014 9:53 PM

    L.A…. no football team

    Chicago, lucky if you make it to the draft without getting shot….

    And you thought they were crazy for wanting to put a team in London.

  15. rextraordinaire says: Jul 17, 2014 9:56 PM

    They could do just about anything to strengthen the last day. By the middle of the 5th round, ESPN and NFL Network pretty much stop paying attention to the draft and turn it into what is basically Sportscenter Live. The talking heads talk to talking guest heads about the first round picks while actual live draft coverage has been reduced to a news marquee on the bottom of the screen.

    Not that anyone is left to watch the whole thing after round 3 anyway

  16. hmmm71 says: Jul 17, 2014 9:56 PM

    Chicago would be a great venue.

    Either way, hoping the obnoxious Jets fans do not make the trip.

  17. braceyourselffor12 says: Jul 17, 2014 9:57 PM

    So L.A then.

  18. huskywolverine says: Jul 17, 2014 10:04 PM

    And Goodell will get boo’d on national television in either Los Angeles or Chicago…

  19. pnut87 says: Jul 17, 2014 10:05 PM

    I dont care about where its held. I care about it going back to the end of April.

  20. rcali says: Jul 17, 2014 10:06 PM

    He’s going to get booed no matter where it is but it’s funny that he’s trying to run from it! The bigger question is “when will it be moving overseas?” Don’t think it wasn’t discussed!

  21. sumkat says: Jul 17, 2014 10:07 PM

    Chicago? Are the going to give the prospect Kevlar vests?

  22. rickrenteria says: Jul 17, 2014 10:09 PM

    Not Chicago please. It would have to be held at United Center and both the Bulls and Blackhawks are going to still be using it at that time of the year.

    Plus, it will be a hassle for the reigning Super Bowl Champion Bears to act as host. (not really, I just wanted to shoehorn that in)

  23. isphet71 says: Jul 17, 2014 10:13 PM

    I think I would go if it was in Chicago and within driving distance. Would be fun, but it’s not “plane ticket” fun; only “3 hour car ride” fun.

  24. jerruhjones says: Jul 17, 2014 10:18 PM

    Did Jerruh OK that?

  25. vikesr4reel says: Jul 17, 2014 10:20 PM

    I don’t care where it is
    I care what channel it’s on!!

  26. j0esixpack says: Jul 17, 2014 10:26 PM

    Read the fine print

    Goodell also wants to push the draft back even further

    He also announced that the 2015 draft will take place in 2016

  27. mackcarrington says: Jul 17, 2014 10:26 PM

    Roger can hold as many drafts as he wants in L.A.
    The taxpayers still aren’t going give the NFL a free stadium.

  28. chicagobtech says: Jul 17, 2014 10:27 PM


  29. FlashPatterson says: Jul 17, 2014 10:30 PM

    Should’ve left Radio City this year.. If the NFL isn’t important enough for them then leave. I don’t get why it HAD to be there anyway.

  30. mzew233 says: Jul 17, 2014 10:47 PM

    Give it to the first draft pick, or Super Bowl loser.

  31. Bo Darville says: Jul 17, 2014 10:50 PM

    Such small thinking. Why not London? Paris? Rio de Janeiro? Madegascar? Mars?

  32. wave222 says: Jul 17, 2014 10:52 PM

    Have it wherever the fan base and interest is in trouble.

  33. csbanter says: Jul 17, 2014 11:01 PM

    Chicago is the best choice. The west coast is getting the 15 Superbowl. Let the Midwest eat too.

  34. chicagosports2014 says: Jul 17, 2014 11:02 PM

    Everybody run to Chicago for the summer, it’s the perfect place for events.

  35. jshawaii22 says: Jul 17, 2014 11:11 PM

    That last line was the best. Do the last day from within each teams draft headquarters in the home city.

    I couldn’t care less what city they do the first 2 in, but a chance to watch all 32 draft rooms for 5 minutes for 3 rounds is pretty cool and maybe would get me to watch that horrible 3rd day.


  36. dfwhawkguy says: Jul 17, 2014 11:17 PM

    LA? No team in 20 years and the worst sports town in America.

    Chicago? One real NFL team in 80 years– basketball town that knows nothing about football.

    Dallas? Bring the NFL draft home to the capital of football! Big D welcomes you to the real capital of the NFL!

  37. billybone says: Jul 17, 2014 11:21 PM

    Something seems fishy. The NFL has had the draft at Radio Music Hall for years and then all of a sudden the Hall is booked? Makes the conspiracy theorist in me think the NFL is going change the draft date again and by booking it at a later date the NFL wasn’t able to give the Hall a solid booking notice hence the Hall is “unavailable.” But what do I know, I’m just a slave to the machine.

  38. riverhorsey says: Jul 17, 2014 11:24 PM

    Is Goodell doing this for the fans? haha

  39. babygaga19 says: Jul 17, 2014 11:26 PM

    jESUS, does anybody real care about this? Lets have a show of hands. Who physically shows up in the building on draft day? Im at work, listen to it later in the paper or ESPN after I put my kids down……..sorry NFL, the draft doesnt affect my life.

  40. dickshotdogs says: Jul 17, 2014 11:31 PM

    Baltimore, the greatest city in America. You’re adorable.

  41. citpyrc says: Jul 17, 2014 11:36 PM

    I didn’t know that radio city was the only venue in NYC that was capable of hosting the draft. Don’t make a poor excuse Roger just say you want to move it to L.A. To try and drive up interest in acquiring a team.

  42. winkeroni says: Jul 17, 2014 11:40 PM

    I wish they’d spice draft weekend up some. Nothing against the clips of guys working out and highlights after a selection but what’s cooler than watching a 300 lb lineman run a forty? Some models in shoulder pads playing catch!!!!! If only the XFL wasn’t so short lived. They’d have known how to do draft day right.

  43. micker716 says: Jul 17, 2014 11:45 PM

    LA. Recognize it’s about the TV money. Fans in stands are only good for reaction shots.

  44. hitit49 says: Jul 17, 2014 11:47 PM

    Perfect, no team and a sorry team

  45. Big Ant TV says: Jul 17, 2014 11:49 PM

    thks roger for ruining thousands of peoples april/may calendars with nothing too do in nyc but see a knicks,nets,rangers,lslanders “if they are in the playoff races” and early season viewing of the mets/yankees “possibly losing”
    good luck chicago and LA lmao cant even keep a team or etc but they get thrown in the mix smh ugh
    why not philly or DC id rather get on the amtrak or greyhound south too those citys then go too chicago or spend/waste $$$ goin to LA

  46. captaincanoe says: Jul 17, 2014 11:54 PM

    Having it in LA is a slap in the face of all those cities, counties and/or states that footed the bill for stadiums. These places have a chance to recoup some of their money by hosting the draft but the NFL wants to have it in LA so that they can get those suckers to pony up in the future.

  47. raiddawgz says: Jul 18, 2014 12:01 AM

    Move the draft to L.A. along with my Raiders. Its been a long time coming…

  48. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Jul 18, 2014 12:02 AM

    Please not LA. That town is a dump…

  49. salutethis says: Jul 18, 2014 12:11 AM

    I’m just happy it’s not in New York! Finally we don’t have to see more ” football royalty” joe Namath every year and crazy jets fans, oughta move this around… Let each city with a team host a year…

  50. keylimelight says: Jul 18, 2014 12:12 AM

    Of course the NFL needs at least two cities to say maybe to. That way they can compete for the prize.

    The NFL will select the city that is willing to make the most concessions thereby giving the NFL the bargain they are looking for. Cheapskates.

  51. armchairqb says: Jul 18, 2014 12:15 AM

    Pretty sure it will still be held in a theater with a big stage. They could hold it in Churchill, Manitoba — no one will be able to tell the damn difference on TV.

  52. sasattack says: Jul 18, 2014 12:21 AM

    Goodell should run for Congress…he has the same approval rating. NY is the place to be, especially for the players attending the draft.

  53. raiderrob21 says: Jul 18, 2014 12:23 AM

    Everyone is missing the point. This has nothing to do with Having a Football team or not. Its an event. Its the glitz and glamour. Its the Celebrities and events around the draft. Thats why New York and LA are the 2 best spots. And I hate So. Cali but if New York is not available, LA is the next best (some may argue better) choice

  54. tech831 says: Jul 18, 2014 12:28 AM


  55. redskins21lakers24 says: Jul 18, 2014 12:36 AM

    Bring it to LA baby!!

  56. realmenwearstripes says: Jul 18, 2014 12:38 AM

    One city has an NFL team. One does not. Goodell is the commissioner, and makes the final decision…

    Congratulations, Los Angeles!

  57. alshonsmeathooks says: Jul 18, 2014 12:57 AM

    “and with the 16th pick, the Green Bay Packers sele-”


  58. lunarpie says: Jul 18, 2014 1:29 AM

    Who cares where!!!! Need to know on what day and what time the 1st Round of the Draft and the 1st Pick will be made!!!!

  59. oldcracker says: Jul 18, 2014 1:32 AM

    April draft in Chicago? Yah, what can go wrong there?

  60. whodatnhollywood says: Jul 18, 2014 3:08 AM

    Since they’re giving our games to London, the least they can do is bring the draft here to Downtown LA Live! That place has become Times Square West! Awesome! Ask the ESPYS!

    Plus, if I’m a draft prospect and had to choose which city I’d rather visit for the first time, LA is it hands down. I’ve been to Chicago and it’s a great city, but people want to come where the stars are and the weather’s great.

    See ya in LA next spring.

  61. campcouch says: Jul 18, 2014 3:40 AM

    Rotate it around the league. Give towns a chance to put on some fan pride and try to one up each other every year.

  62. rmavs says: Jul 18, 2014 3:52 AM

    I don’t give a crap where the draft happens because I’ll never be there! It’s a draft, for crying out loud!

  63. uglydingo says: Jul 18, 2014 5:58 AM

    Over 2 months ago when everyone was getting excited about the leadup to the 2014 Draft, Gil Brandt on Sirius NFL Radio casually let it slip that next year it won’t be at Radio City Music Hall, it won’t even be in New York. It will be in Chicago and it will be held over 4 days, to maximize ratings and TV revenue. Some thought that the ex Cowboys GM was just going senile (I think he’s over 80), but because of his status inviting the top young draftees to the event, maybe he was already in Roger’s inner loop and told the truth. Shortly later he backed away from the certainty of his earlier comment but it sounded like he may have been better informed.

  64. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 18, 2014 6:04 AM

    You will get booed in both places also Goodell. You may get booed less in Chicago.

    We all know who pays the most will get the draft. Just like who bids the most gets the Super Bowl.

  65. bonniebengal says: Jul 18, 2014 6:08 AM

    Great. I hate watching the ridiculous booing in New York.

  66. staffordsyear says: Jul 18, 2014 6:28 AM

    Whoopy doo!..change it back to sat and sun and maybe i will care again.

  67. smackingfools says: Jul 18, 2014 7:12 AM

    Los Angeles has a team?

  68. GenXJay says: Jul 18, 2014 7:17 AM

    The commissioner needs to apologize too those delusional cheesebay fans…But then, it may be less harsh to not say anything at all and let them think they’re entitled to the draft scene.

  69. ccc23454 says: Jul 18, 2014 7:33 AM

    it should rotate between all 32 NFL teams home cities! NJ gets it twice 16 years apart. why support LA when they don’t support football?

  70. wallyhorse says: Jul 18, 2014 7:34 AM

    What the NFL should consider would be to have the NFL Draft on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Kentucky Derby week (in 2015, April 27-29) in the infield at Churchill Downs in Louisville. That can be a huge win-win for both Churchill Downs (one of the most iconic venues in all of sports) and the NFL.

    While Churchill is a racetrack, they have an infield that easily could hold 50,000 for the first round on Monday and 40,000 or so for the second and third rounds on Tuesday and 20-25,000 possibly for the remaining rounds on Wednesday. Louisville is also centrally located within reasonable driving distance (for the type of person coming to the NFL Draft) of several NFL cities, including Chicago, Indy, Cleveland, Cincinnati, St. Louis and Nashville. That to me is why Churchill Downs, especially with their new mega screen would be where I would be seriously looking.

  71. hansenbrothers says: Jul 18, 2014 7:42 AM


  72. tory707 says: Jul 18, 2014 7:46 AM

    Philly fan here and I would not give anything to LA. They do not deserve anything. They are fair weather fans that’s why they don’t have a team. Chicago gets my nod

  73. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 18, 2014 7:59 AM

    Chicago has gun control laws so people are easy prey to criminals. It would be interesting to see how many are ventilated and how many die of lead poisoning during the draft.

  74. bassplucker says: Jul 18, 2014 8:27 AM

    Chicago has a vintage downtown venue, a rabid fan base, tradition and if you believe some of the experts, will by this time next year have a team that is not only pretty good, but fun to watch.

    Chicago also has a history of getting screwed by the league. So my money is on L.A.

  75. voiceofreasonsays says: Jul 18, 2014 8:27 AM

    The Dallas Cowboys are now on the clock…

  76. voiceofreasonsays says: Jul 18, 2014 8:34 AM

    How about the Super Bowl winner two years in advance gets to host the draft.

  77. howiehandles says: Jul 18, 2014 8:39 AM

    L.A. has no team, what sense does it make to have it there? I could care less what “stars” make an appearance. Four days is far too long, even two is a stretch.

    As far as the shootings in Chicago, stay home. If you’re in the areas where the vast majority are getting shot, you’re most likely up to no good. Nothing to see in those areas for tourists or locals, unless you’re buying something you shouldn’t, or up to no good.

    Bottom line is, I could care less where it’s held, or even held 100% online.

  78. scantenii says: Jul 18, 2014 8:43 AM

    Nice. This is a great opportunity to give another city a chance to boo Commissioner Goodell in person.

  79. chris1cat says: Jul 18, 2014 8:49 AM

    Like or dislike Roger he is the man in charge.

    When I hear disrespectful fans boo him at the podium on draft day I can’t help but think of a bunch of trolls, like on this site are the idiots doing the booing. knock it off it makes the NFL fanbase look like a bunch 5th grade boys. Be a man and put a sock in it, your mom would smack you in the back of the head if she saw and heard you acting 12 when you’re a 42 yr. old grown man.

    Respect……or walk on home boy!

  80. thetruthcampaign says: Jul 18, 2014 8:51 AM

    Or London.

  81. rutchaser says: Jul 18, 2014 8:54 AM

    Really don’t understand why grown men would go watch the draft.

  82. Fantasy Football Consultant says: Jul 18, 2014 9:49 AM

    Did he post” lets have a show of hands”?
    Why do I read this garbage

  83. ariani1985 says: Jul 18, 2014 9:53 AM

    Come to Green Bay, we can all get together and go moose hunting and then go tour the cheese factories!!!!!!

  84. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 18, 2014 9:53 AM

    more stupidity by Goodell; the man is consistent

  85. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 18, 2014 10:14 AM

    L.A. ? Really? There is not even an NFL team there.

  86. losangelesbillsofbuffalo says: Jul 18, 2014 10:55 AM

    Should come to Cleveland. We’re getting everything else noteworthy to come here.

    #cle #hatersdontknow

  87. jazsrt says: Jul 18, 2014 10:55 AM

    bobnelsonjr says:
    Jul 18, 2014 7:59 AM
    Chicago has gun control laws so people are easy prey to criminals. It would be interesting to see how many are ventilated and how many die of lead poisoning during the draft.


    And here we see the definition of ignorance.

  88. bassplucker says: Jul 18, 2014 11:35 AM

    I agree with others who say the last day of the draft is basically worthless. The poor kids who get drafted on that day get ZERO coverage, it’s all just the talking heads re-hashing what happened the two days prior. A total waste of my Saturday to sit in front of the tube when I can get just as much info of value checking a draft tracker app on my phone every hour or so.

    With that in mind, why would ANYONE advocate stretching the draft out to a 4th day? That’s just insane.

  89. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 18, 2014 11:47 AM

    this guy Goodell cracks me up….

    heard the guy paid himself $43M last year

    as an NFL fan, I wish he would take the money and go on a long vacation

  90. Getoffmylawn! says: Jul 18, 2014 12:36 PM

    Are the Vikings on the clock yet?

  91. freddiec8 says: Jul 18, 2014 12:41 PM

    I hate the way the draft is conducted now go back to it being on sat & sun. Thursday night are not good and friday night are even worst. Give us something to do on sat then watch a bunch of guys that may or may not make the team.

  92. blackandorangestripes says: Jul 18, 2014 12:41 PM

    Holding it L.A. would be insainly wrong. How much tax payer money is used to build most stadiums either trough a direct tax increase or giving huge discounts on tax rates for the teams, and Goodell thinks that is acceptable. Also he should talk to the guys that ran the World Football League about the tremendouse interest in American football in Europe. I’ve ignorantly been someone who has somewhat fallen on Goodell’s side on many issues, but after years of installing subjective game rules that leave it upto the refs to use their judgment on penalties, totally screwwing up this years draft and the insistence of screwing over 2 fan bases a year, (currently and appears to be heading to be more), by playing games in Europe. Not to mention the short sited idea of adding 2 more teams to the playoffs that would surely make more money in the short term but would soon start cutting down the money made in the regular season by make many more games pointless to even play, this guy needs to go and soon before he does to much harm to fix.

  93. jc327 says: Jul 18, 2014 12:56 PM

    Awesome, NFL draft in LA, where half the resident population still does not know that they don’t have a football team anymore.

  94. dalcow4 says: Jul 18, 2014 12:57 PM

    Either one would be pretty good. Chicago has great fans and would also draw fans from Indy, GB and Detroit.

    LA is not a good football town for a team, but there are fans from all NFL cities there and they’ll come out big time for that.

    Neither choice is as good as Vegas though.

  95. deltaoracle says: Jul 18, 2014 3:32 PM

    If it’s in LA, most of the audience will have left by pick #24. Don’t think they want that…

  96. simonator917 says: Jul 18, 2014 7:56 PM

    In case anyone’s interested, L.A. has as many Super Bowl championships as Chicago.

  97. simonator917 says: Jul 18, 2014 8:12 PM

    The reason I don’t watch the third day of the draft is because they chop it up with soooooooooooo many commercials! They’ve made it absolutely unwatchable. They’re going to ignore the issue of commercials and keep trying something cosmetic.

    The NFL is like Al Davis’s last few years with the Raiders: first, destroy the franchise with questionable decisions; next, blame it on something/someone else. “Oh, people aren’t watching the Raiders? fire the coach. That’ll fix it.”
    “Oh, people aren’t watching the third day of the draft because of all the commercials? hire some dancing bears and juggling clowns. That’ll fix it!”

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