Canton/Cleveland already jockeying for 2020 NFL Draft

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The NFL just awarded its 2019 Draft to Nashville, and the jockeying for the next one has already begun.

A joint bid between Cleveland and Canton, Ohio was considered this year, but the timing is probably better next season anyway.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is gearing up for a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the sport in 2020, and hosting at the shrine of the game’s history will add a layer of interest to an event which has transcended the reading off of names.

Hall of Fame president and CEO David Baker congratulated the Nashville bid, but made it clear what he was hoping for.

“The Hall of Fame in partnership with the Cleveland Browns, the Cleveland Sports Commission and Visit Canton stand ready to host the NFL Draft in 2020 should we be selected,” Baker said. “In the meantime, the Hall and the entire Canton region remains focused on preparing for the once-in-every-other-lifetime opportunity in 2020 to celebrate the NFL’s Centennial in Canton, the birthplace of the league.”

The historical angle makes this seem like one of those confluences which makes too much sense not to happen, though other cities have been eager to get in the mix, as the league turns the selection meeting into another marketing opportunity. Denver, Kansas City and Las Vegas were mentioned as finalists for one of the next two drafts, but none of those places happens to be the birthplace of professional football.

13 responses to “Canton/Cleveland already jockeying for 2020 NFL Draft

  1. I think the Browns have to win at least 1 game this year before they can allow it. Can’t suck that long and be rewarded for it.

  2. I sense that the push for Canton is driven by one motive – to generate a lot of money for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. How about continuing the trend of moving the Draft to major US cities? Methinks a Vegas Draft generates more excitement than Cleveland/Canton.

  3. I spent a day in Canton at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on a vacation two years ago. It was a great time and I encourage all football fans to make the trip sometime. It sounds like the draft would actually be hosted in Cleveland, though, which is an hour from Canton. Canton doesn’t have the venue or the hotels to host the draft so how is Canton really involved in this? Sounds like Cleveland is hosting the draft, everything will take place in Cleveland, and we’ll see shots of the Hall of Fame when the TV networks go in and out of breaks.

  4. erinrodgersreachednirvana says:
    May 23, 2018 at 11:32 am
    “Yes Alex, I’ll take ‘Places I never want to go for $200′”
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    My father told me a long time ago, there’s two types of people who rip on Cleveland….people who have never been there and people who have been nowhere but there….
    I’m guessing the 14 year old above fits into the first category.

  5. Who are we kidding? The NFL cares not for sentimental or symbolic events such as the 100th anniversary of football. They only care about how much free stuff and how much cities are willing to pay them for the “honor” of hosting the draft. Unless Canton/ Cleveland can give more than Vegas, then they’re out of luck.

  6. erinrodgersreachednirvana says:
    May 23, 2018 at 11:32 am
    “Yes Alex, I’ll take ‘Places I never want to go for $200′”
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    Because everyone wants to vacation in Green Bay, right?

  7. I think the Browns have to win at least 1 game this year before they can allow it. Can’t suck that long and be rewarded for it.
    ——————————————
    Right now all teams are tied at 0-0.

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