NFL draft in Los Angeles or Chicago next year

The NFL draft is on the move.

Instead of being held in New York, the draft will be in Chicago or Los Angeles next year, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced.

“We’re focusing solely on Los Angeles and Chicago now,” Goodell said.

The reason it won't be in New York, where it's been held since 1965, is because Goodell said Radio City Music Hall had no available dates in April or May.

“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 our focus is completely on Los Angeles and Chicago. They both have tremendous bids.”

The NFL is also considering expanding the draft from three days to four days.

Goodell acknowledged that might be tough to maintain viewer interest.

“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,” Goodell 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.”

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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