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Vincent Orange’s hopes of bringing the NFL draft to D.C. will have to wait until 2016

Orange, in January. (By Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Early in Monday’s lengthy D.C. Council legislative meeting, council member Vincent B. Orange introduced a resolution concerning the 2015 NFL draft.

The NFL had made it clear that the 2015 draft would be held outside its traditional New York home, and Orange — describing the draft as “a three-day event in May that annually draws thousands of fans and tourists to New York City,” said D.C. should throw its hat into the ring. Washington, he said, would be “a great location” for an event that “could generate millions of dollars in revenue for the District.”

The city has “ample hotel availability for fans, media, staff and prospects, as well as being  a location accessible by both public transportation and the regional highway network,” he said. “Four National Football League cities are within a four-hour drive’s proximity to the District. They include Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Charlotte, making D.C. a prime location for the National Football League fans to travel to the city for the 2015 National Football League draft.

“With three major airports serving the District, as well as Union Station and the Amtrak system, the District is one of the most easily accessibly cities along the East coast,” he went on. “The Verizon Center in downtown D.C. and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center — both serviced by public transportation — are in close proximity to hotels, including the newly opened Marriott Marquis, restaurants and entertainment, and are all attractive facilities capable of hosting the 2015 National Football League draft and ancillary events.

“Hosting the 2015 NFL draft would be a great way to showcase the District, as well as increase the viability of the District of Columbia for hosting the Olympics.”

Council members Jack Evans, Mary Cheh, Anita Bonds, Marion Barry and Yvette Alexander all volunteered to be co-sponsors for the measure, which was referred to the Council’s Committee on Finance and Revenue.

Anyhow, this was all on Monday. On Thursday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the 2015 draft would be held in Los Angeles or Chicago.

So … maybe 2016?

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.



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