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New York wants the draft back

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Just as the NFL begins to make the draft an event that moves from city to city, the place it called home for decades wants to bring it back.

Gary Myers of the New York Daily News reports that New York, where the draft occurred every year from 1965 through 2014, plans to bid for its return in 2019. New York has not submitted a bid for the 2018 draft; the location for next year’s event will be announced after this year’s draft in Philadelphia.

Per Myers, the cities that are discussing the hosting of future drafts include Philadelphia, Canton, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City, Green Bay, Jacksonville, and Los Angeles.

If/when the draft returns to New York, don’t expect it to stay. The NFL finally has realized that, by dangling the draft as an eligible offseason tentpole event that moves around like a traveling circus, the league can make plenty of money, in part by finagling favorable terms from the cities that find themselves in competition to host it.

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53 Responses to “New York wants the draft back”
  1. key2heat says: Apr 13, 2017 1:00 PM

    Why? so they can control how much soda each fan drinks.

  2. greg3117 says: Apr 13, 2017 1:00 PM

    I personally like the idea of having the draft as a travelling road show. The caveat being the draft could ONLY be held in locations that can’t host a superbowl. D.C for example. We will never be able to host a SB here due to the fact that Fed-Ex is outdoors. Also, we have the facilities to host large events in the district.

  3. groleo45 says: Apr 13, 2017 1:01 PM

    I like the draft moving around. That way we don’t have to listen to the hordes of angry Jets fans whining about their inevitably bad pick.

  4. dal1as says: Apr 13, 2017 1:03 PM

    Every city that boths wants to and that can successfully handle the logistics and the accommodations of hosting the draft should get it before New York. They had their time.

  5. cheapseater says: Apr 13, 2017 1:06 PM

    Realizing that a Super Bowl is out of reach for now, Shad Khan and Jax are spending millions trying to position themselves to host a draft.

  6. artvan15 says: Apr 13, 2017 1:11 PM

    No way!!!

  7. internetcommenter7 says: Apr 13, 2017 1:12 PM

    Should always be in New York. Yet something else they’ve screwed up.

  8. tylawspick6 says: Apr 13, 2017 1:14 PM

    Nothing better than watching fat loads hang off a balcony in NY when the Jets pick another bust.

    Easily the best thing about draft weekend.

  9. MOSSistheGOAT says: Apr 13, 2017 1:16 PM

    The draft is TERRIBLE in person. Went in Chicago last year and wouldn’t go again if I was given free tickets. No booze, they string it along for as long as possible, and absolutely no entertainment between picks.

    Sell alcohol at the draft and it would solve all three of my complaints. Its brutal without it.

  10. sopadegato says: Apr 13, 2017 1:16 PM

    Move it back to NY. It’s clear by this point that Goodell wanted to find somewhere he wasn’t booed, and that hasn’t worked.

  11. laxman1944 says: Apr 13, 2017 1:17 PM

    Screw NY, they had there time.

  12. benfranklinshat says: Apr 13, 2017 1:18 PM

    They’ll never get it with White House 3 there now.

  13. Frazier28/7 says: Apr 13, 2017 1:19 PM

    You know where I hope the draft moves back to?


    Sure, you can still grill and have some friends over and a few beers Thursday night or go to a draft party or a bar or whatever. But, Saturday and the draft were great. And you got 3 rounds in one day that actually mattered!

  14. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Apr 13, 2017 1:19 PM

    Why do you always rip the NFL for trying to make more money? Do you work for free or do you only have a problem when someone else tries to maximize profits?

  15. puntonfirstdown says: Apr 13, 2017 1:20 PM

    Does the draft need a live audience? Really? Run the draft from league headquarters, with teams in their own headquarters. Fans could follow online. I do not need to listen to Mil Kiper, Jr. or Rich Eisen… ever.

  16. simplec72 says: Apr 13, 2017 1:20 PM

    Super Bowl city for the upcoming year should host the draft.

  17. najacoo22 says: Apr 13, 2017 1:23 PM

    Baby come back, you can blame it all on me

  18. mrf47 says: Apr 13, 2017 1:26 PM

    They can have it.

    Everyone living near the Philadelphia Museum of Art

  19. Matt from San Diego says: Apr 13, 2017 1:26 PM

    “Baby, please, I’ve changed!”

  20. dpdonny says: Apr 13, 2017 1:28 PM

    Chicago did an amazing job last year….way better than the toilet, NY.

  21. pastabelly says: Apr 13, 2017 1:28 PM

    I agree it should be in NY. I’m from Boston and don’t mind them booing every time the Patriots do something. It’s not a big deal. Having it in NY probably means more of the draft picks actually show up at the draft. Well, they should be paid to show up in any case as the draft is a huge money maker for the league. In any case, the surest way to insure that nobody shows up would be to have it in Jacksonville.

  22. thrifty says: Apr 13, 2017 1:31 PM

    Get bent, NY.

  23. jockoe says: Apr 13, 2017 1:33 PM

    I’d like to see the draft held in cities that don’t have an NFL team. Places like Salt Lake City, UT… Louisville, KY… Cleveland, OH.

  24. saints737 says: Apr 13, 2017 1:34 PM

    Why not New Orleans?? Make it a real draft party

  25. granadafan says: Apr 13, 2017 1:37 PM

    The cat is out of the bag. The NFL will continue to fleece desperate cities for essentially a FREE convention

  26. ricko1112 says: Apr 13, 2017 1:38 PM

    Notice how NY doesn’t want the Jets back?

  27. autumnwind999 says: Apr 13, 2017 1:44 PM

    Should be in NY every year.

  28. patriots123456 says: Apr 13, 2017 1:50 PM

    Have it in NEW England, they never have any picks, so they can concentrate on everyone else.

  29. RandyinRoxbury says: Apr 13, 2017 1:57 PM

    Surprised London and Mexico City aren’t draft host city candidates.

  30. RegisHawk says: Apr 13, 2017 2:04 PM

    Once again, Roger Goodell finds a way to make an aspect of the NFL profitable. Now, instead of kow-towing to Radio City Music Hall’s demands, he has entire cities competing to host the draft. That’s why he makes the big bonus.

  31. coach9999 says: Apr 13, 2017 2:06 PM

    I love the idea of the draft back in New York. Its always great to see the Jets fans get pumped and jacked about there 1st round pick and go 2-14.

  32. z0inks says: Apr 13, 2017 2:11 PM

    Rather than having Goodell announce the picks at the podium, they should have him phone them in from his desk at Park Avenue…..just like he does with every other aspect of job.

  33. citizenstrange says: Apr 13, 2017 2:28 PM

    They should have the draft on a cruise ship. Three straight days of sunshine and booze!

  34. charger383 says: Apr 13, 2017 2:29 PM

    anything New York can’t have is better

  35. ck44sps says: Apr 13, 2017 2:30 PM

    I’d love to see the Draft in the Titletown district in Green Bay. I love the Draft

  36. chinahand11 says: Apr 13, 2017 2:34 PM

    I still think that Green Bay should host the draft. Cowbells could be rung to announce each selection and the picks required to do their best barnyard animal impression.

  37. xbam says: Apr 13, 2017 2:37 PM

    leverage to get the most State Tax dollars….

  38. greymares says: Apr 13, 2017 3:19 PM

    Absolutely nothing should be in New York, there shouldn’t even be a New York. While dining anywhere if there is a N.Y. Designation in front of the strip steak, I’m guessing it’s not edible.

  39. jbraider says: Apr 13, 2017 3:37 PM

    Vegas, baby!

  40. lbijake says: Apr 13, 2017 3:48 PM


  41. electricboogalo says: Apr 13, 2017 3:55 PM

    Just tell me who my team picked when it’s over.

  42. newmancave2016 says: Apr 13, 2017 4:17 PM

    Actually, all of those cities are just playing hot potato with Goodell. No one wants him sleeping in one of their hotels more than 3 nights a year.

  43. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 13, 2017 4:19 PM

    Haven’t watched it in years. Its barely more exciting than watching paint dry.

    All you have to do is look online once after the first round and once at the end to see all you need to see, who your team drafted.

  44. pancaketaco says: Apr 13, 2017 4:37 PM

    Will this take place in NY or NJ I was under the impressions that host cities needed to have a team…I still can’t believe NJ has two teams.

    NY fans don’t play the proximity game…with that logic then the NFL should start selling Kentucky Bengals gear.

  45. dchetz says: Apr 13, 2017 4:42 PM

    To me, they should focus on cities that don’t / can’t host the Super Bowl. That’s why I’m glad it’s in Philly and was in Chicago…. give cities that don’t host Super Bowl’s a priority bid on hosting a smaller event like the draft.

  46. theuncletodd says: Apr 13, 2017 4:48 PM

    to quote the great Artie Lange…….WAAAAAAA

  47. raidercode says: Apr 13, 2017 5:25 PM

    Vegas Baby!

  48. toybkshr says: Apr 13, 2017 5:45 PM

    @ RandyinRoxbury says:

    Apr 13, 2017 1:57 PM
    Surprised London and Mexico City aren’t draft host city candidates. ————————————————————————————————————————-
    It’s only a matter of time!

  49. monropoobah says: Apr 13, 2017 6:12 PM

    To all you anti NYC commenters good riddance! We don’t miss you

  50. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 13, 2017 9:14 PM

    Green Bay? Might as well have it in some fans backyard. Assuming that fan doesn’t have running water or electricity.

  51. 23rdusernameused says: Apr 14, 2017 2:38 PM


  52. zeke2517 says: Apr 16, 2017 1:46 PM

    I live in New York. I like football. Why in the hell would I want to pay to sit through the NFL draft?

  53. leroyquimby says: Apr 17, 2017 7:33 AM

    Vegas baby

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