Chicago Making Strong Push to Host to 2015 NFL Draft


June 27, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Buildings along the Chicago skyline as seen from Buckingham Fountain show their support for the Chicago Blackhawks the night before the 2013 Stanley Cup championship celebration. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL Draft is set for later this week at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Word from the league is that it’s not a certainty to be back there next year.  The city of Chicago might not get a Super Bowl, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel isn’t going to take that lying down and is making a strong push to get Chicago to host 2015 NFL Draft.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appeared on Rich Eisen’s podcast and talked about the future of the draft:

I talked about bringing the draft to Chicago when Emanuel was daydreaming about getting a Super Bowl in Chiberia.

"Chicago has plenty of venues that could take on an event like the draft.  It’s centrally located and a hub for most major airlines.  Travel in mid-to-late April would be a breeze for team representatives, draftees and fans wanting to participate in the league’s biggest offseason event.By putting the Draft into a rotation, just like the Super Bowl, would make it more accessible to more fans from different teams.  I’m sick and tired of watching Jets fans booing their pick every year.  Why not give Bears fans the chance to boo the next Shea McClellin pick or offer a collective “Huh?” when Kyle Long’s name is announced by Commissioner Goodell?"

The thing I don’t get is how and why LA thinks they have any business getting into the mix.  They don’t even have a TEAM in LA.

Chicago is the logical choice.  I just can’t wait to head down to the Chicago Theater to watch the Bears make the 32nd pick in the 2015 draft…