In early June, we reported that the league would not be able to hold the NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in 2015. Although other cities were reportedly under consideration, the three finalists at the time appeared to be New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. In an interview with the LA Times on Thursday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell provided an update: New York is out of the picture altogether, and the location is down to either Chicago or Los Angeles.
"We had 12 cities that were interested," Goodell said. "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. Because we don’t have the appropriate dates in May [for New York], our focus is completely on Los Angeles and Chicago. ... They both have tremendous bids."
Goodell added that a decision could be made by late Summer, but that it could also take longer. He insinuated again that the draft could be extended to four days, and that they are toying with some other format changes:
"We’re talking about different concepts, primarily how to strengthen the last day and whether we should maybe push that back to the clubs a little bit more and allow the clubs to have a little bit more freedom as more of a club day," he said. "Maybe they would announce the picks from there. We’re looking at everything under the sun, because there’s a great interest in it and we want to do something that’s more responsive to our fans."
Fans might not approve of the change in their head, but no matter what the NFL does, people simply won't be able to resist the draft. The last potential change that Goodell mentioned -- teams announcing their picks -- sounds kind of interesting. Does that mean that on the final day, for rounds 4-7, a representative from the organization could make the pick? Or, perhaps the video feed at the draft site would cut to that respective city, where someone (like GM Ray Farmer) announces the selection?