NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — As far as Roger Goodell is concerned, Radio City Music Hall is an amazing host venue for the NFL Draft, but New York City is not the only city on Earth.
Appearing on Rich Eisen’s Podcast this week, the league commissioner said several cities have tossed their hat in the ring to host the draft, with two of the nation’s most prominent cities showing the most interest. Goodell said at the very least the NFL is listening because with any move likely means more money and exposure.
“We’re looking at the idea of that we move out of Radio City. We’re looking at the potential of moving out of New York,” Goodell said. “Radio City’s been a great place for us but there’s a lot of cities that are interested in having us in the future and we’re looking at that. The two most aggressive probably are Chicago and Los Angeles but we’ve heard from a few more mayors also.”
New York has played host to the draft since 1965, with Radio City as the venue since 2006.
Currently, the draft is a three-day event, with the first round on Thursday, the second and third on Friday and the rest on Saturday. And if you think that seems a little drawn out, Goodell said in addition to where it is held he’s ruling nothing out about the format.
“What’s wrong with seven rounds in seven nights???” Goodell joked. “I think our focus is … when we moved to prime time a couple years ago I think it was a great change for us. I think it’s probably a three or four day draft and seven rounds in that time period. You could have Round 2 in the second night and Round 3 in the third night.”
It’s possible the draft could be stretched out over a four-day span, theoretically with Sunday hosting Rounds 4-7, giving greater TV exposure and media coverage to Round 3, which has become as important as Round 2 in the eyes of league executives and fans.
“I’d say sometime late this summer, early fall, we’ll have to make a decision on the format, location and date,” Goodell said.
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