League forming committee to study timing, site of NFL draft


NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at the start of the 2014 draft in New York City. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

ATLANTA — The league is appointing a committee to study the future of the NFL draft.

The draft was pushed back this year from late April to early May. NFL officials cited a scheduling conflict with Radio City Music Hall, where the draft is held, and said that no determination has been made about when future drafts will be conducted. The league also has been exploring the possibility of moving the draft from New York to another city.

“There’s a working committee being formed on that,” New York Giants co-owner John Mara said during a break in a one-day owners’ meeting Tuesday in Atlanta. “One of the issues is where is it going to be next year, and that has yet to be determined. And there are a lot of factors that go into that, including Radio City’s availability and some other issues too.”

Reaction to the early-May draft this year was mixed.

“If I were king of the world, I’d put it right back to where it was,” Mara said Tuesday. “But that’s probably not realistic. I certainly don’t think it ought to be on Mother’s Day weekend. But we’ll see.”

This year’s early-May draft generated strong television ratings, seemingly increasing the chances that the draft will remain in May next year.

“I can’t argue with the numbers that the draft did this year,” Mara said. “So I think there’s a good likelihood that it’s gonna move again. But when that is, I don’t know.”

The NFL also announced Tuesday that it had added former player and coach Mike Singletary, former player and front office executive Mike Reinfeldt and former player and coach Jimmy Raye II to the league office. They are to serve as senior advisors to Troy Vincent, the NFL’s recently hired executive vice president of football operations.

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Mark Maske · May 20, 2014