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Roger Goodell: LA Or Chicago — Not NYC — To Host 2015 NFL Draft

Roger Goodell address the audience at the NFL draft at Radio City Music Hall on May 8, 2014. (Credit: Getty Images)

Roger Goodell address the audience at the NFL draft at Radio City Music Hall on May 8, 2014. (Credit: Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — For the first time in five decades, the NFL draft won’t be held in New York City in 2015.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday that the league has narrowed down its pool of potential host cities to Los Angeles and Chicago.

“We had 12 cities that were interested,” Goodell said while participating on a CBS “Thursday Night Football” panel in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“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,” Goodell continued. “Because we don’t have the appropriate dates in May, our focus is completely on Los Angeles and Chicago. They both have tremendous bids.”

The draft would likely be held April 22-25 or April 29-May 2, according to published reports. If so, that means the event would be extended from three days to four.

NFL Spokesman Greg Aiello posted on Twitter Thursday that Radio City Music Hall, which has been home to the draft for the last nine years, said it cannot host the event in April or May.

The draft has been held in New York City every year since 1965.

Goodell would not say when a decision would be made on a new host city, but said it could happen later this summer.

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