Written by Matthew Cannata
It's finally happened - the NFL will move on from New York and won't hold the draft there in 2015. In remarks made to the Los Angeles Times, Commissioner Roger Godell said that they will choose between Los Angeles or Chicago as the host site for the 2015 NFL Draft.
“We’re focusing solely on Los Angeles and Chicago now,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday, speaking to reporters at the Beverly Hilton after participating on a CBS “Thursday Night Football” panel.
“We had 12 cities that were interested,” Goodell said. “We felt the best thing to do was to focus on the three cities, because they had such a tremendous interest. There are very attractive aspects to each of those cities. Because we don’t have the appropriate dates in May our focus is completely on Los Angeles and Chicago.
Goodell said they are aiming to announce the decision by the end of the summer. In addition to the location change, he said they are tinkering with options for the last day of the draft to make it more compelling for the TV audience. No final decision has been made in regards to that at this time.
“We’re talking about different concepts, primarily how to strengthen the last day and whether we should maybe push that back to the clubs a little bit more and allow the clubs to have a little bit more freedom as more of a club day,” he said. “Maybe they would announce the picks from there. We’re looking at everything under the sun, because there’s a great interest in it and we want to do something that’s more responsive to our fans.”