The NFL Spring League Meeting took place this past week in Atlanta, GA from May 19th to May 21st. The biggest outcome ended up being the fact that Minnesota was selected to host the Super Bowl in 2018. The Vikings' new stadium is set to open in 2016.
Here are the other two takeaways from the meetings:
Playoff Expansion: The owners decided they would not vote on expanding the playoffs during the meeting, which prevents expansion from happening in 2014. I didn't even know that touching the postseason this year was still a possibility.
The next NFL meetings are in October, and it is believed that a decision on playoff expansion for the 2015 season could be made then. Mentally, we should probably just prepare to accept the fact that it will pass, given Roger Goodell's confidence:
"I do believe it will be approved for the 2015 season. We want to see how it will impact in a positive way from a competitive standpoint. Will it create more excitement, more races towards the end? Who will ultimately qualify for the playoffs? We also want to absorb the additional inventory into the marketplace from an advertising standpoint. So far we see positive signs in the marketplace. That is how we are going to approach it."
- Future of the NFL Draft: A group has been assembled to discuss possible changes for the 2015 NFL Draft. That would likely include the number of days the draft lasts, when the draft would take place, if they should move it to other cities, etc. According to Goodell, that group will present their findings to the owners in October, at which point a decision will likely be made about the 2015 NFL Draft.
Goodell also spoke about the league's drug policy. To see the full transcript of what Goodell relayed to the media, click here.