May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell begins the draft and puts the Houston Texans on the clock at the start of the 2014 NFL draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

2015 NFL Draft: Chicago, Los Angeles and New York finalists to host draft


The 2015 NFL Draft will have a new home as Radio City Music Hall will not be available to the league during the months of April and May, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport tweets letters were sent out today to 3 cities regarding potential hosting of 2015 NFL Draft, requesting more info: Chicago, LA & New York. If New York is successful in keeping the draft in the city, the event will be held at Madison Square Garden. The NFL is focusing on availability for two possible events dates with 3 cities: April 22-25 and April 29-May 2.

The league pushed the draft back two weeks this year over availability over Radio City Music Hall to the consternation of many fans, draft prospects and coaches and team executives, so the target dates of April 22-25 and April 29-May 2 would bring the date back to its normal spot on the calendar or at least one week earlier than we had to wait this year.

I would love to see another city host the three-day event that Roger Goodell has teased could be extended another day in the future and Los Angeles or Chicago would be great destinations in the second and third largest markets in the country, respectively.

Why not let each city host the draft in 2015 and then 2016 and then return to New York in 2017?

The venues for Los Angeles and Chicago hosting the draft remains to be seen, but there would likely be no shortage of possible destinations considering the sizes of the city and the number of theater’s, stadiums and massive venues that would be more than amenable to hosting such an event.

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