With the 2015
“We’re focusing solely on Los Angeles and Chicago now,” NFL Commissioner
New York has hosted the draft since 1965, but has been dropped from consideration for next year, Goodell said, because
"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."
Goodell declined to give a timetable on when the league will make its choice.
"I just got an update two days ago," he said. "I believe the decision will come in late summer, but we're not going to be bound by that. We're going to do the right thing."
The league is considering stretching the draft from three days to four, a concept that would test the creativity of the NFL considering the interest naturally wanes in the later rounds. Still, the TV numbers are staggering. For instance, the first round of this year’s draft drew more viewers than the
Still, keeping viewers tuned in for a fourth day would be a challenge, Goodell said.