The NFL draft could be hitting the road.
According to Don Banks of Sports Illustrated, the league is mulling over a new format for the draft in which the spectacle would take place in three different cities, with Days 1, 2 and 3 each taking place in a different location.
Another option would be to move the draft to a different NFL city on an annual basis.
The possible changes come on the heels of the NFL's recent announcement that the draft will be pushed back two weeks from its usual spot on the calendar. The 2014 draft will be held May 8-10 rather than the late April time slot that has been used recently.
As Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News tweeted shortly after the announcement, the NFL is locked into Radio City Music Hall for 2014 but is free to explore options for 2015:
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
The rationale behind the date change was due to a scheduling conflict for Radio City Music Hall, which has housed the event every year since 2006. The draft has been in New York since 1964, when it was held in Chicago.
Should the NFL move the draft from New York?
Now it appears that the NFL is willing to consider alternative options in regard to how it conducts the event.
As Banks suggests in the article, the idea of multiple cities in multiple days will most likely hinge on the logistics and financial viability of the idea. Another issue that could arise would be the fact that both the NHL and NBA playoffs are in action in early May, which could eliminate many NFL cities.
While the league is still in the preliminary-research phase, the considerations have been classified as serious.
The draft is already the biggest event of the entire offseason. With the potential for it to take place across the country, it could be that much bigger.