NFL Announces New Dates for 2014 Draft and Schedule of Events
The 2014 draft will take place from May 8 to May 10 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The 2013 draft ran from April 25 through April 27, but similar dates weren't possible next year due to scheduling conflicts at the venue.
The NFL league office's Facebook page released an image urging NFL fans to "save the date" for the 2014 draft:
According to NFLCommunications.com, the league considered moving the 2014 draft to a different venue, but moving the draft date back was ultimately deemed the best solution.
The report also states that the date change will not significantly affect the remainder of the offseason calendar. That figured to be the main concern regarding moving the draft back, but it doesn't appear as though it will be much of an issue.
Regional scouting combines will be held from Jan. 24 through Feb. 16, 2014. The national combine in Indianapolis will take place from Feb. 18 to Feb. 25. The new league year and free agency will begin on March 11, while the annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., will occur from March 23 through March 26.
It remains to be seen how the change in 2014 will impact the draft moving forward. According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, the NFL has not made a decision on the 2015 draft date or venue at this point:
NFL says no decisions have been made on 2015 draft, including whether or not to keep it in NY. It could be on the move.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) May 28, 2013
Did the NFL handle the 2014 draft situation correctly?
The NFL draft has been held at Radio City Music Hall every year since 2006, and the last time the league staged it in a city other than New York was the 1964 draft, when the Sheraton Chicago Hotel hosted the event.
With that in mind, moving elsewhere would obviously be a big move on the NFL's part. The NHL has a roving draft, as it is held at the arena of a different team every year, so doing something similar could potentially generate even more interest in the NFL draft.
No matter what the NFL ultimately decides, the draft will continue to be one of the premier events on the league calendar.
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