NFL announces dates, but not site for next year’s draft

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The NFL took the draft on the road this year, and found a warm welcome in Chicago.

And it appears they’re thinking about going someplace else in the future.

The league announced its calendar of events for next year, and the 2016 NFL Draft is listed on April 28-30, with the notation “(site TBD).”

Commissioner Roger Goodell was a big fan of his road show, calling it a “great decision,” after leaving New York and turning it into a three-day street festival.

And because of the response, it figures that more cities will try to get in on the action. Los Angeles is the usual suspect here, but Canton, Ohio has been mentioned as a possibility, a chance to cross-promote the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But if the NFL can create a bidding war, they certainly will, leaving it TBD as long as they possibly can.

Other key dates for 2016 include the legal tampering window beginning March 12, with March 15 as the start of the league year, with teams able to begin signing free agents at 4 p.m.

45 responses to “NFL announces dates, but not site for next year’s draft

  1. Move the date up by 3 -4 weeks. Too much downtime and Mock Draft 9.0 post SuperBowl.

    I dont want yet another offseason filled with Tom Brady nonsense. Throw his ass out for a year and lets get back to real football.

  2. Each year, it should be hosted by the super bowl winning city. For example, the 2016 NFL Draft should be held in Green Bay, Wisconsin… If you get my meaning. Wink.

  3. Something was missing this year from the draft. That would be the chorus of boos raining down from above. The East Coast’s version of da Raida fan, NY Jets were no where to be found.

  4. Each year, it should be hosted by the super bowl winning city. For example, the 2016 NFL Draft should be held in Green Bay, Wisconsin… If you get my meaning. Wink.
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    How can they have the draft in Green Bay next year when the Pulaski Polka Jamboree already has the town booked for that weekend?

  5. grabgrabgrab says:
    Jul 15, 2015 6:06 PM
    Each year, it should be hosted by the super bowl winning city. For example, the 2016 NFL Draft should be held in Green Bay, Wisconsin… If you get my meaning. Wink.
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    Nobody would show up to Green Bay. Not just because there is nothing to do but most of America is unable to find that little town on a map.

  6. Boston, of course. That is after the NFLPA lawsuit throws out Brady’s suspension due to violating the terms of the CBA in regard to how the NFL delegated responsibility for discipline. Also, after Brady’s defamation of character lawsuits against the NFL and ESPN, including Goodell, Vincent, Wells, Kensil, Mortensen, et al. ESPN and Mort will be included to get him to divulge the source of the bogus “11 out of 12 footballs were….” leak. Would Mort give up Kensil, I mean, his source, if it meant staying out of a jail cell for a few days? Lol.

  7. Anywhere but New York. Of the suggestions above Dubai is intriguing. They could send Trent Dilfer out on the street to interview Isis members about who the jets should draft in the fourth round

  8. Bring it back to Chicago!!!

    It was a damn good host. If not, let it come to L.A. and we’ll how much people REALLY love football.

  9. The NFL didn’t “leave” New York, the Rockettes booted Roger Goodell out. Now, it looks like Chicago’s done the same. It’s just a matter of which poor town will put up with Roger.

  10. “How can they have the draft in Green Bay next year when the Pulaski Polka Jamboree already has the town booked for that weekend?”

    That was a good one. I laughed out loud.

  11. Why is the Combine always in Indy? NFL should take that on the road too. Jets made a mistake , they should have spent the extra money and put a roof on the MetLife. Then they could host a SuperBowl one day.

    Oops they already did! What was Roger thinking with a SuperBowl in nyc in February ? Must have been a Fifa like deal

  12. Definitely not in Canton because they would basically be competing against themselves and Canton won’t have the money, on or under the table, like the big cities. It’s definitely heading overseas, likely London very soon, as the commish gives the American fans his usual middle finger.

  13. I hate to break it to you people but from someone who was actually at the draft in Chicago (that would be me), the mayor of Chicago was on stage begging Goodell to have the draft there again next year.

  14. Not sure why the combine can’t be held in FL or AZ… Outdoors … Don’t you want a real look at guys indoors and outdoors?

  15. What the NFL SHOULD do is work out a deal with Churchill Downs in Louisville to have the NFL draft in the infield at Churchill the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Kentucky Derby week (in 2016, that would be May 2-4). The big draws there would be:

    The ability to have 50,000+ in the infield at Churchill itself along with the ability to have another 50,000 or so in the stands for the first round of the draft that Monday night.

    The gigantic screen that can be seen from virtually anywhere at Churchill Downs that would showcase everyone as they appear.

    While not an NFL city itself, Louisville is within reasonable driving distance of several NFL cities (Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis. Nashville, etc.) and you’d likely see a large mix of fans at Churchill if it were there.

    Churchill can also have live racing that Monday and Tuesday ahead of the draft in the afternoon and create two new big days on Derby week ahead of the Derby itself.

  16. The NFL can’t find a date and you know it, stop making fun of their handicap.

  17. Have it at Rikers Island Prison in NY, That’s where 3/4 of the players in the NFL belong. Then the J-E-T-S Fans can cheer for once and for all.

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