In an experiment born of necessity when Radio City Music Hall wasn’t available for the NFL’s usual late-April draft dates, the league moved the “event” back two weeks.
The result has been greeted by nearly universal condemnation of an extra two weeks of mock drafts, plunging and rising draft stock and endless jabber. There will, finally, be a draft on May 8 and soon thereafter the league will contemplate what to do in 2015. One possibility is to take the show on the road, something league leaders have often considered.
“If a decision is made that the NFL draft leaves New York, I’m sure it will be a competitive bidding process,” a source told Gary Myers of the New York Daily News. “It hasn’t been discussed placing it in any particular cities. A half dozen cities have approached the league and said, ‘When you’re ready to move, we’re ready to host it.’”
Naturally, that means only one thing: hello, JerryWorld.
“As you can imagine, we like the idea,” Stephen Jones, executive vice-president of the Dallas Cowboys, told 105.3 The Fan (via the Dallas Morning News). “Anything that we can do at AT&T Stadium for our fans, give them a more up close and personal look at, I think would be a plus.
“I think it’s something that the league is seriously taking a look at. They’ve actually looked at making it multi-locational in terms of doing a day in New York and a day in another city, something like that. There’s a lot of things being discussed. At the end of the day, we’re trying to make our game better for our fans, and that includes all aspects of it. Certainly, we want our fans to be able to get up close and personal looks and I think looking at something like this is something that our fans might enjoy.”
Chicago and Pittsburgh would love to host the draft, too. Get ready, as Myers points out, for a bidding war.