League Exploring Alternatives For 2015 And Beyond

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Next year’s NFL draft will be held on May 8-10 at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, the league announced Tuesday.

The draft is normally scheduled for late April. Commissioner Roger Goodell said last week there was a conflict with an Easter show at Radio City.

“Beyond that, if we want to move the draft back into the April period, we are going to have to look at other alternatives which mean other cities, other venues,” Goodell said from the NFL’s spring meetings in Boston.

The NFL said it hasn’t made a decision on draft dates beyond 2014.

“A variety of alternatives are being explored, teams were told, including holding the draft at Radio City or at other locations, either in the New York area or in other cities,” the league said in a statement.

There will be no other “significant changes” to the 2014 offseason, the NFL said.

The annual combine will be held from Feb. 18-25 in Indianapolis. Free agency, which marks the beginning of the league year, will kick off on March 11.

“This is not secretive,” Goodell said last week about potential changes to the schedule. “We share what the overall strategy is and what we are trying to accomplish with the players. We went to them initially to do that, to get their feedback. We want to make sure we do it right and that includes getting player input.”

The 2014 draft will wrap up just in time for Mother’s Day on May 11.

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