Packers want the NFL draft in Green Bay

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The NFL draft may be heading to Green Bay.

Packers President Mark Murphy announced at a shareholders meeting today that the team has told the NFL it wants to host the draft in 2019, 2020 or 2021.

The biggest issue facing Green Bay would be whether there are enough hotel rooms in the area to accommodate the event. The NFL has rules requiring enough hotel rooms to accommodate all the team and league personnel, players, media and fans who attend the draft, and Green Bay may not have enough rooms.

After decades in New York City, the draft moved to Chicago the last two years. The league hasn’t announced where the draft will take place in 2017, although Philadelphia is believed to be an early favorite. Several other communities have expressed an interest in hosting future drafts, which the NFL is increasingly turning into a traveling road show that is its biggest offseason event.

106 responses to “Packers want the NFL draft in Green Bay

  1. And the Cleveland Browns want a Super Bowl ….

    Sorry Green Bay, got nothing against you, but the draft will always be in a major media market. Los Angeles, Chicago, New York …..

  2. Outside of 8 Sundays a year, no one wants to go to Green Bay. There’s nothing there and nothing to do. Hell, when teams come into town, they have to stay in Appleton.

  3. As a Packer fan I think it is a bit far fetched for them to land the draft. It would be really cool on the teams 100th anniversary but I think the draft will always be in a major market.

  4. We have plenty of room in Green Bay. Everyone can stay at the Pig Palace Motel, or under the Leo, like many of the rest of us.

  5. Hey, we have TWO Applebee’s in Green Bay. Isn’t that enough?

  6. This makes as much sense as having an etiquette class here.

  7. Brown County Arena! Staying in Sturgeon Bay, further up in Door County, would be a treat!

  8. Would anyone have anything against putting up a tent city for all our guests on the stadium grass? We even have a park for that, too.

  9. We have a great drunk tank we could let them use! They might never get out of jail, but that’s what we do around here. C’mon, take the risk.

  10. Sure they can have the draft at Green Bay. Maybe make the draft themed around or on the song “fat bottomed ladies” since that’s what Green Bay is known for or choking in the NFC dance.

  11. Not like I’m breaking any news here…teams playing in Green Bay stay just down the road in Appleton.

    Now granted, there isn’t a Ritz or a Westin every two miles on that corridor like LA or NYC which those NFL cling-ons (league personnel, players, media) think they’re entitled to but there are plenty of roadside mom-n-pop travelodges with free local calls and cable!

  12. They could put up a bunch of tin sheds or circus tents around Lambeau to accommodate everyone. That way everything would visually tie-in with the stadium.

  13. I’m good with it. and with the 32nd pick, the Minnesota Vikings select…

  14. That was a good one. Green Bay is exceptionally lucky to still have a franchise in the 2016 era of the $$$NFL. They are by far, the smallest media market and town that still has a franchise.
    It always amazed me that they had a franchise for 25 years and Los Angeles did not. Thank goodness for television revenue, or they might have been moved there.

  15. It’s too bad but the lack of hotel space will kill off what should be a no-brainer.

    Maybe an RV village, with tailgating?

    I’d love to see the draft in Green Bay. It just makes sesne. Saying this as a fan of the other half of the greatest rivalry in the history of sports.

  16. Who wouldn’t want the extra money for a city, but as far as the BIG events go, I feel the NFL Kickoff party with everyone coming to town after they won the Superbowl, and having Kid Rock perform is as big of an exclusive event as GB will get.

  17. Awesome this will highlight TTs ultra conservative drafting and underachieving team . Mike zimmer for president 2016 !

  18. Are you serious? You don’t think Green Bay has enough hotel rooms? The draft was in the Auditorium Theatre last year, which has a max capacity of under 4000 people. I don’t think hotel rooms are going to be a problem..

  19. Most likely all of the NFL cities have a convention center, it wouldn’t be too difficult to rotate through the league each year to hold a draft.

    But one of the best cities to hold events such as the Draft…hold it in Vegas.

  20. Hope they’re better at hosting a draft party than they are at actually drafting.

  21. It’s really cool. You should check it out, the four Lombardis hang down from the ceiling and it looks like they’re ascending into heaven. The Ed Thorps are on the opposite wall, along with Super Bowl rings from a few historical folks. I’m not gonna like, it brought a tear to my eye.

  22. The NFL will “award” the draft to whichever city gives the most taxpayer money to the NFL. What happened to businesses paying their own way? This is basically a large convention.

  23. If Green Bay gets the draft I think that’s proof the team is owned by some very powerful connected people.
    The Packers have the Ex White House press secretary Ari Fleisher on the payroll anything is possible.

  24. Dwarftosser ,the number of people actually attending the draft site on draft night are only a minuscule portion of the overall number of people who come to the city holding the draft .

  25. The draft should obviously be held in Minnesota. They’ve definitely got the hotel rooms, so that shouldn’t be an issue, but more importantly, the draft is the ultimate off-season event and the vikings are the undisputed off-season champions for over 50 years now!

    Oh, and the all-Packer-articles-obsessed viking fan that has to keep coming up with a variation of Jeffrey Dahmer’s name every time PFT bans his previous screen name – dude, you seriously need to get out of your mom’s basement. That’s a lot of comments on one Packer article even by your standards!

  26. Greenbay residents also wants a working economy, certified and licensed medical professionals, open man-animal marriage laws and a reason other than the Packers to wake-up in the morning.

  27. “I’d love to see the draft in Green Bay. It just makes sesne. Saying this as a fan of the other half of the greatest rivalry in the history of sports.”

    Wow – 15 downvotes? A Bear fan respecting the tradition of Green Bay gets 15 downvotes?

    Tough crowd.

  28. The NFL is making the combine and the draft bigger events than they need to be. How many draft picks really make it big? Not many. And the combine is nothing more than a track meet, anyway. These events are not as big as the league thinks they are.

  29. Baltimore, Boston or Dallas would be good options if you ask me. All have enough venues and hotel rooms, the only issue would possibly be rowdy Patriots fans when their team gets docked another pick in their next cheating scandal.

  30. Wow – lots of jealous people making comments. I, for one, love growing up and living in Wisconsin. We get all 4 seasons (Fall is incredible) and we have the most historic and iconic stadium in the history of sports in America. Keep on building those new eye sores though. Nothing compares to watching a game in Lambeau. I’ve been to 25+ games and NEVER seen a fight between opposing fans. Just a bunch of fun loving, beer drinking, brat eating people having a good ol’ time. Everyone needs to make a trek to the Frozen Tundra for a game – you won’t regret it.

  31. Viking fans are just bitter because part of their legacy consists of actually missing their turn in the first round of the 2003 NFL draft.

    That and the legacy of worthless picks they’ve made over the years: Troy Williamson, Christian Ponder, Corderelle Patterson, Tiny Bridgewater. Need I say more because there’s lots more where that came from…

  32. Shareholders meeting More like a couple thousand overweight unemployed Yokel’s gathering on their aluminum benches drinking beer and eating hotdogs while admiring their fake stock

  33. There is no other NFL dominated city like Green Bay. NFL fans would love it because everything caters to the NFL. Fans would learn a lot of history. Only scornfully jealous viking types would hate it.

    If you have never been there, don’t be prejudiced against it. It is a wonderfully exciting place to go.

  34. Pff, Green Bay, will never happen. It has to be in a big city. I mean how silly would that be. Imagine if they put something like the Hall of Fame ceremony in a small city like Green Bay?

  35. You can enjoy a fish boil or a brat fry and every attendee gets a free tin of Copenhagen! Although, “some” of the folks will have to be out of Brown County before dark.

  36. The Packers are truly a “whole state” team. It could be held in Milwaukee and the vast majority of their fans would be just as thrilled as if it were in Green Bay.

  37. Roger may consider it; as long as the Packet faithful promises not to Boooooooo the commish whenever he takes the podium. In my opinion, that’s the best part of the draft. Booooooooo

  38. Is there even an airport in green bay or would everyone have to be bused in?? How would they determine which handful of people get to stay at the one Motel 6 in town?

  39. I’m sure all of those guys in face paint I saw on TV at the draft this spring spent a lot of time shopping along Michigan Ave.

  40. There is a spiritual aura surrounding Lambeau that can’t be found anywhere else. It is the epicenter of the NFL universe, and the perfect venue for hosting the NFL draft.

  41. Yup!Let’s move the United nations there as well.Those potential early draft picks really want to go to hicktown usa.They want the bright lights and maybe a resturant at least as good as Hardies.GET REAL PEOPLE>Green Bay is historic and a fine venue for football,but not the draft.PLEASE!!!

  42. I like the idea of draft picks being able to tour the Packer Hall of Fame, and pay homage to the most successful franchise in the history of the NFL.

  43. Green Bay is the worst place on earth, along with some of the most uneducated fan bases, probably not a good fit! I hear that stadium in Minnesota is pretty nice?? Guthrie Theater???

  44. It would be like the Oregon Trail with everyone travelling from the airport to green bay in buggies and stage coaches.

    Except instead of losing family members to dysentery, you loose them to alcoholism and fried food. Ever see someone get a DUI in a buggy? Me neither but they have.

  45. BigAlHeBDMan says:
    Jul 21, 2016 1:57 PM
    That was a good one. Green Bay is exceptionally lucky to still have a franchise in the 2016 era of the $$$NFL. They are by far, the smallest media market and town that still has a franchise.
    It always amazed me that they had a franchise for 25 years and Los Angeles did not. Thank goodness for television revenue, or they might have been moved there.

    You do realize that Green Bay is one of the teams that actually PAYS MORE into the revenue sharing pot than they receive, right? They are actually subsidizing markets much, much larger than Green Bay.

  46. starrfavrerodgers says:
    Jul 21, 2016 5:04 PM
    BigAlHeBDMan says:
    Jul 21, 2016 1:57 PM

    You do realize that Green Bay is one of the teams that actually PAYS MORE into the revenue sharing pot than they receive, right? They are actually subsidizing markets much, much larger than Green Bay.
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    The majority of the “revenue sharing pot” is made up from TV/media and merchandise sales. No team (not even your Packers) pays in anywhere near what they get out. 40% of the price of a ticket goes into the pot and there are not that many teams that don’t sell out weekly. The difference in what teams pay comes down to how close they are to the salary cap max (expenses) and what they charge per ticket. The lower price of a ticket the less the team pays in…..

  47. jimmyt says:
    Jul 21, 2016 2:54 PM

    I guess it’s something. I want to see the Super Bowl at Lambeau Field weather and all.”
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    Nah, Roger only awards Super Bowls to teams who build new or massively renovate stadiums, preferably if it’s at the taxpayer’s expense.

  48. zod999 says:
    Jul 21, 2016 8:39 PM
    The Packers are just itching for a reason to start building hotels next to the stadium.

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    Actually already in progress! Yes we are small compared to most cities that have a NFL team, but google “Titletown District.” Big changes going on here in Green Bay:)

  49. Of course it will be at Lambeau and the Titletown District on their 100th anniversary. We’re NFL royalty so deal with it Philistines. (Drops mic, runs away)

  50. GB is nutz. Everyone knows where the draft is headed and its going to remain there once the stadium is completed. Hollywood, where else!

  51. Packers want the NFL draft in Green Bay
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    Yeah, but nobody else does.

  52. I’d like to have all the Sports Illustrated bikini models come to my hotel room each night, but that probably isn’t going to happen either.
    By the way, does anyone know if The Green Bay Packers have cheerleaders? I can’t recall ever seeing any on my tv screen and I bought a 4000k LED so everything would be clearer.

  53. Maybe the organization should pump some of those yearly earning towards opening hotels for that city. Shoot without that team, that city is just a large truck stop.

  54. My Grocery Bags are made of Trees says:
    Jul 21, 2016 1:55 PM
    I’m good with it. and with the 32nd pick, the Minnesota Vikings select…

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    Sorry, but the Vikings don’t have enough talent to trade for anyone’s first round pick. Don’t worry, they’ll draft someone with #32 talent at #12 like usual.

  55. I don’t see any reason that cities should not be able to make their case to hold the draft each year just like they do the Superbowl. Yes, even Green Bay.

  56. ajd4 says:

    I don’t see any reason that cities should not be able to make their case to hold the draft each year just like they do the Superbowl. Yes, even Green Bay.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Green Bay has never hosted a Super Bowl.

  57. aypeeswhippingstick says:
    Jul 21, 2016 3:39 PM

    Viking fans are just bitter because part of their legacy consists of actually missing their turn in the first round of the 2003 NFL draft.

    That and the legacy of worthless picks they’ve made over the years: Troy Williamson, Christian Ponder, Corderelle Patterson, Tiny Bridgewater. Need I say more because there’s lots more where that came from…

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    Two words for you….. Tony Mandarich

  58. I live 2 hours from Philadelphia and would love for them to have the draft next year there so I can listen to the Packers making their first round choice at #32. That would be fun to see!

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