The NFL draft will take place in Chicago for the second consecutive year next week, but it won’t be in Chicago next year.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said it’s “very likely” the draft will move to another city in 2017, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
When the NFL decided to move the draft out of New York, the plan became to turn it into a traveling show, with different cities getting to experience it in different years. Chicago was first, and the league was satisfied enough in the Windy City to give Chicago another year.
“We really didn’t know what to expect,” Goodell said. “We were very pleased.”
Given that Chicago has been a good host — including giving the league a large discount on the use of Grant Park, which has become a topic of controversy in the city — it’s odd that Goodell would rule out Chicago as next year’s host. But the league apparently wants other cities to know that they should begin preparing competitive bids for next year’s draft.