The NFL draft will be staying in Chicago.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel have scheduled a joint press conference this afternoon. NFL Network reports that it will be announced that the 2016 draft will take place in Chicago.
Chicago hosted the draft this year, and NFL officials praised the city for turning the draft into a huge event, with tens of thousands of people visiting “Draft Town” in Grant Park. So it’s not a surprise that the league has decided to keep the draft in the Windy City.
Still, there was strong sentiment that if the NFL is going to move a team to Los Angeles next season, it would make a lot of sense to hold the draft in Los Angeles next year as sort of a Southern California kickoff. The fact that the draft won’t be in L.A. shows how much work the NFL still has to do to get the ball rolling there.
The league has talked about making the draft a traveling event, moving from city to city each year. For now, however, Chicago is the place the draft will call home.