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Hall of Fame hoping to bring the 2020 draft to Canton

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Canton, Ohio, is one of 23 cities hoping to host a future NFL draft, and with major construction going on at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2020 is the year that’s being promoted.

Zac Jackson of TheAthletic.com reports that officials think the Hall of Fame Village can be ready to host at least part of the 2020 draft. There’s been some talk that Canton could be too small to hold the whole draft experience but that the draft could potentially be split between Canton and Cleveland, which is an hour north of Canton.

Hall of Fame President David Baker has said he’s not sure if a majority of owners will be on board with awarding the draft to Canton, “but we are going to fight for it.”

After half a century in New York, the draft moved to Chicago in 2015 and 2016 and to Philadelphia this year. Most NFL cities have expressed at least some interest in hosting the event, which the league is increasingly turning into a massive entertainment event that goes well beyond just football.

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  1. jag1959 says: May 7, 2017 12:24 PM

    Attendees will have to be mindful of wet paint

  2. stoneydog1000 says: May 7, 2017 12:25 PM

    Have it in Dayton, we love football and we love beer.

  3. waynefontesismyfather says: May 7, 2017 12:33 PM

    Well if they learned anything from the last Hall of Fame game…don’t have anything on the field the day before the damn game!

  4. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: May 7, 2017 12:46 PM

    If Canton has a shot, why not Green Bay? Huh?

    Oh, jeez, who am I kidding?
    We’re lucky to have two Applebee’s and one stoplight.

  5. redsea1111 says: May 7, 2017 12:49 PM

    Cancelled due to poor speaking conditions.

  6. johnjackguy says: May 7, 2017 12:58 PM

    No way, FAIL ALERT!

  7. tylawspick6 says: May 7, 2017 1:10 PM

    good.

    also, fire goodell and move nfl headquarters
    there, too

    get the cheating jets and giants’ mitts away
    from trying control goodell

  8. thereyougo2 says: May 7, 2017 1:11 PM

    2018 in South Philly.

  9. nevalha says: May 7, 2017 1:17 PM

    Goodell will still be booed.

  10. rhamrhoddy says: May 7, 2017 1:25 PM

    Zac Jackson of TheAthletic.com reports that officials think the Hall of Fame Village can be ready to host at least part of the 2020 draft
    ________________

    Heyyyy I know that dude…

  11. patriots123456 says: May 7, 2017 1:28 PM

    Great, they can’t even get the field ready on time for a game…

  12. war27 says: May 7, 2017 1:29 PM

    Every 1st round pick with paint all over their pimp suits would be awesome.

  13. v2787 says: May 7, 2017 1:29 PM

    Let’s be realistic here. The NFL promotes the hell out of the draft, and they want it in a city with all the amenities so they draw as many people as possible. Much like Green Bay, Canton, while important from a historical context, is not exactly a thriving metropolitan area with plenty of hotel rooms and night life. Besides, the league likes to fly in potential high draft picks and dazzle them with glitterati and urban sophistication. Those things are not exactly available in Canton, which is why I doubt that we’ll be seeing the NFL draft in the city of Canton anytime soon.

  14. rodgerstonelson says: May 7, 2017 1:30 PM

    Canton can not handle the event that they have been hosting forever. Why should they be awarded anything, before every NFL city has a shot.

  15. harrisonhits2 says: May 7, 2017 1:31 PM

    I’m sure they view it as just another way to rip the fans off once they’re on the HOF grounds and/or field

  16. bzingha says: May 7, 2017 1:40 PM

    No. Canton has the annual hall of fame weekend. And no to Indianapolis, too they have the combine. Let these other cities, especially those in locations unfavorable for hosting a super bowl, have the draft.

  17. pastabelly says: May 7, 2017 1:43 PM

    Vegas

  18. absolutevisuals says: May 7, 2017 1:43 PM

    “jag1959 says:
    May 7, 2017 12:24 PM
    Attendees will have to be mindful of wet paint”
    ——-

    This went over some heads.

  19. kerrchris65 says: May 7, 2017 1:48 PM

    they should hold it in St. Louis, San Diego, or Oakland. as long as those cities are willing to pony up enough cash to pay for a boat for goodell.

  20. runningoutofboundsisforgringos says: May 7, 2017 1:52 PM

    Bring back the Bulldogs

  21. montrealraider says: May 7, 2017 2:21 PM

    Mehh… I dont think its the place. I can hear the corny “draft to hall of fame cercle” narrative from here.

    I think the draft is now a big city, glamouresque event anyway…. its place is in a big market.

  22. oswizard says: May 7, 2017 2:22 PM

    I have thought for a while the NFL should build an appropriate small stadium in Canton. Then they should incorporate the Hall of Fame ceremony with the Pro Bowl. Make the Pro Bowl a celebration of the new champion along with the induction of the new hall of fame members along with putting it together with the newest stars of the game. Admittedly, this game in February in Ohio not the only problem I see.

  23. snowdood163 says: May 7, 2017 2:26 PM

    After how they treated Stabler and his family, the HOF should get nothing.

    -Broncos fan

  24. snowdood163 says: May 7, 2017 2:26 PM

    tylawspick6 says:
    May 7, 2017 1:10 PM
    good.

    also, fire goodell and move nfl headquarters
    there, too

    get the cheating jets and giants’ mitts away
    from trying control goodell
    ——–
    Do you EVER stop crying????

  25. Tree Fingaz says: May 7, 2017 2:44 PM

    snowdood163 says:
    May 7, 2017 2:26 PM
    After how they treated Stabler and his family, the HOF should get nothing.

    -Broncos fan

    Wow! You’re a Broncos fan and said that? You are a true humanitarian! I love how these pinheads have to say who they root for when they make a comment about a rival team, like they’re doing some great deed, unreal

  26. kd75 says: May 7, 2017 3:05 PM

    Canton is kind of a one-stop-light town.
    The Taco Bell will be booked all weekend!

  27. jrossizzle says: May 7, 2017 3:07 PM

    Makes sense:
    So all these sure-fire #1 picks can be immediately inducted….

  28. snowdood163 says: May 7, 2017 3:40 PM

    Tree Fingaz says:
    May 7, 2017 2:44 PM
    snowdood163 says:
    May 7, 2017 2:26 PM
    After how they treated Stabler and his family, the HOF should get nothing.

    -Broncos fan

    Wow! You’re a Broncos fan and said that? You are a true humanitarian! I love how these pinheads have to say who they root for when they make a comment about a rival team, like they’re doing some great deed, unreal

    —–
    I love these pinheads that look to get offended about any little thing like they’re some forward thinking sensitive little brainiac, unreal. Sometimes the hatred of an arch rival can cloud the judgement of a situation so some of us like to prove how clear cut the case is. Get a life man, good grief.

  29. wafflestomp says: May 7, 2017 3:47 PM

    TypicalVikingfan says:

    That’s a great idea.
    Then all of our draft picks can get their measurements taken for their gold jackets immediately after they’re selected.
    Brilliant!

  30. mrfrostyj says: May 7, 2017 4:04 PM

    The only issue they’d run into is not having fancy shots for TV with large buildings lit up with team colors and they can do all of those from Cleveland otherwise that part of Ohio is nothing but medium sized rust belt cities really close to each other. People are acting like Canton is some backwoods town with one stop light.

    No real reason they couldn’t do it in Canton otherwise. Hall of Fame Bowl is a much bigger venue than any one they’ve ever used and since it’s within driving distance from two NFL cities they wouldn’t have to worry about a shortage of attendance. Steelers and Browns fans would fill the stadium just by themselves.

  31. thetwilightsown says: May 7, 2017 4:27 PM

    snowdood163 says:
    May 7, 2017 3:40 PM
    Tree Fingaz says:
    May 7, 2017 2:44 PM
    snowdood163 says:
    May 7, 2017 2:26 PM
    After how they treated Stabler and his family, the HOF should get nothing.

    -Broncos fan

    Wow! You’re a Broncos fan and said that? You are a true humanitarian! I love how these pinheads have to say who they root for when they make a comment about a rival team, like they’re doing some great deed, unreal

    —–
    I love these pinheads that look to get offended about any little thing like they’re some forward thinking sensitive little brainiac, unreal. Sometimes the hatred of an arch rival can cloud the judgement of a situation so some of us like to prove how clear cut the case is. Get a life man, good grief.

    ———-

    Snowdood – the Nation sees ya. Respect looks good on everyone! Back at you!

  32. it's not gold.....it's yellow says: May 7, 2017 4:34 PM

    Hace it in St Louis….or San Diego…..or Oakland….

  33. mnrasslinggovjesse says: May 7, 2017 4:42 PM

    If they have it there the Packers absolutely have to have Jerry Kramer announce their second round selection. He’s too classy to say anything about “Finally getting into Canton,” but his appearance would make the point.

  34. uglydingo says: May 7, 2017 4:45 PM

    This is a complete joke if Canton gets it. What happened to all of the requirements for accommodation to try to attract a big crowd. Canton struggles to accommodate a very modest crowd for the Hall of Fame ceremony weekend.
    Somebody is getting a big kickback if Canton gets it ahead of Las Vegas.

  35. bws1066 says: May 7, 2017 5:26 PM

    It would suck in canton. Send it around to the team cities

  36. justbegbaby says: May 7, 2017 5:35 PM

    Please tell me what is “The NFL Draft Experience” and why are cities falling over themselves to host it? I cant think it is an economic boom to the hosting community. I realize the Draft is enormously popular with the jobless fanboys whO believe the fate of their lives depends on who their team drafts, but now the cities?? I don’t get it, refuse to watch it on tv much less attend it in person. Life is short, I have a career, family and friends who get most of my time. Happy Drafting and Combining.

  37. jonwill57 says: May 7, 2017 5:41 PM

    Be happy with having the HOF ceremony and game, provided the field is playable!

  38. binarymath says: May 7, 2017 9:15 PM

    justbegbaby says:
    May 7, 2017 5:35 PM

    I don’t get it, refuse to watch it on tv much less attend it in person. Life is short, I have a career, family and friends who get most of my time. Happy Drafting and Combining.

    ***********************

    And yet you find time to rant about it on PFT…

  39. kevpft says: May 7, 2017 9:59 PM

    Isn’t one massively over-hyped and ultimately disappointing annual event enough for that town? Adding a second seems like overkill.

  40. bigbenisabigbaby says: May 7, 2017 10:22 PM

    May 7, 2017 3:05 PM
    Canton is kind of a one-stop-light town.
    The Taco Bell will be booked all weekend!
    —————————————–
    So I see you’ve never been to Canton.

  41. puntonfirstdown says: May 7, 2017 11:39 PM

    If Canton has a shot, why not Green Bay? Huh?

    *************

    Green Bay has formally requested to be in consideration for the The Draft™ already.

  42. montrealraider says: May 8, 2017 7:08 AM

    Im sure Roger has explored taking it to London, Mexico city and Bejing 😀

    Seriously just say NO to Canton. I say LA or Miami next in line. Its a big party so lets take it to a party city.

  43. usedjock says: May 8, 2017 8:24 AM

    As a Packers fan I am realistic and I just don’t see GB or Canton getting the draft. As a previous poster said there just isn’t the glitz and glamour of a huge city that the NFL wants. Historically speaking I think it would be great but I don’t think it will ever happen.

  44. midnightcusk says: May 8, 2017 8:36 AM

    Bring it to New England, Fraudger. It can double as a Lombardi ceremony.

  45. rogcar2 says: May 9, 2017 1:12 PM

    The Canton Civic Center holds roughly the same amount of people that the venue in NYC holds. Plenty of hotel rooms; an airport nearby.

    I have more respect for the players that do not attend the draft anyway.

  46. dawgbite says: May 9, 2017 11:06 PM

    I think Canton getting the Draft one time would be great, but I don’t think it should be on a routine list. I believe that the draft should be limited to cities that do not host Super Bowls. Spread out the events and allow the northern open air markets to host a major event.

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