On Thursday, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network and Bart Hubbach of the New York Post reported on details around the 2015 NFL Draft. The big news is that the draft will not be held at Radio City Music Hall next year because it is already booked by other events in April and May:
LA, Chicago and NY (MSG) are finalists to host 2015 NFL Draft. Why? Radio City informed @NFL that it will NOT be available in April or May— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 5, 2014
Here are a couple of notes from Rapoport and Hubbach:
- The three finalists to host the 2015 NFL Draft are New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. New York still seems to be the favorite, considering the draft has been held there since 1965.
- The company in New York that the NFL is working with is the Madison Square Garden Company (MSG), specifically the entertainment division. They operate Radio City Music Hall, which is unavailable, but they also have two other theaters: The Theater at MSG (seats 5,600) and The Beacon (seats 2,800). MSG also owns theaters in Chicago and Los Angeles, so the NFL could be set to continue working with them, regardless.
- Rapoport says the NFL has two proposed time blocks for the draft in 2015: April 22-25 and April 29-May 2. That means the draft would last 4 days, beginning on a Wednesday and ending on a Saturday. Earlier this offseason, the proposed structure was to have rounds 1, 2, and 3 on their own days, and then lump rounds 4-7 together on the final day.
The league should make a decision on the site for the draft this summer. Whatever facility they choose would also need to be able to incorporate a fan festival. It is interesting that the proposed time blocks are leaning more toward April than May, though -- with record TV ratings this year, it seemed like a given that the draft would be held around mid-May again.
UPDATE (5/6/14): Adam Schefter says that there are more cities in contention to hold the draft:
Not just CHI, LA in play for 2015 Draft; so are DAL, HOU, PIT, PHL, BOS, others. Each to submit info to NFL by mid June; decision late June.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 6, 2014