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The NFL appears to be looking for even more control of the popularity in sports.

The 2014 NFL Draft reportedly appears to be closing in on a new date.

Instead of the final weekend of April, as is typically expected, pro football's draft could be headed for the middle of May.

Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reported the potential adjustment on Monday:

Roger Goodell confirmed that the draft would be moved, but he did not specify an exact date, according to ESPN's Staff.

Roger Goodell confirmed Tuesday at the NFL's spring meetings in Boston that the draft will be moved to May in 2014, sometime between the 8th and 17th of the month.

He said the change was needed next year because the venue, Radio City Music Hall, is hosting an Easter show in April.

'At this late stage for us to do it the right way, we don't see having any choice but to move the date,' he said.

However, he said he expects the draft will remain in May, with other adjustments to the NFL's calendar, including the dates for the combine and the opening of free agency, to be discussed with the players' union.

Additionally, NFL.com's Albert Breer mentioned that commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA director DeMaurice Smith have discussed the topic:

If anything, this would simply inflate pro football's already astounding level of popularity.

According to Harris Interactive in January of 2013 (see chart below, measured in percentages), the NFL has continued to annihilate the competition.

Sport

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

Pro football

30

31

35

31

36

34

Baseball

15

16

16

17

13

16

College football

12

12

12

12

13

11

Auto racing

10

8

9

7

8

8

Men's pro basketball

4

6

5

6

5

7

Men's college basketball

4

5

3

4

5

3

Hockey

5

5

4

5

5

5

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May, however, is arguably the league's least popular month.

Aside from OTAs and rookie mini-camps, not much occurs in the NFL world until late July rolls around. That gives us training camp, as well as a lead into the preseason.

Free agency isn't as intense either, since the majority of moves occur before the draft. Having the biggest sporting event weekend in May, though, extends pro football's calendar of interest.

Just think back to before the 2012 season as an example.

From August last year through April of 2013, the NFL was at the forefront. And rightfully so, because fans are interested in how the rookies perform during the preseason, and the regular season emerges as a whole other monster.

Factor in the postseason, which is mixed with the East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl, and January follows the suit of dominance. With the Super Bowl and combine in February, as well as pro days mostly through March along with the new league year, when is football not talked about?

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Central Michigan's Eric Fisher goes No. 1 overall to the Chiefs.

May and June, because all of April generally focuses around the draft, and then it immediately slides back behind MLB, the NBA playoffs, Grand Slam tennis tournaments and the NHL playoffs.

Put the draft in May and the NFL then finds itself heavily competing for popularity in 10-of-12 months: July is more of a warm-up to August.

As a result, its overall popularity would expand and widen the gap from baseball and college football. 

Talk about a monopoly among the interest of sports fans everywhere.

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