In early February mayor Rahm Emanuel told the Chicago Tribune that there were two things he wanted to bring to Chicago: the Super Bowl and the NFL Draft. While the Super Bowl seems to be a losing battle, it looks like Rahm just might win the other one.
NFL.com’s Gil Brandt says that Chicago is the favorite to land the 2015 NFL Draft.
“If I were an oddsmaker, I would say Chicago is where it’ll be next year,” Brandt said during a radio interview on Sirius XM. “… The draft is going be a grand event, as we know it. It’s going be, not only the players being selected, but we’re going to have events outside of the draft area in which they will have a 40-yard dash race for people that want to run the 40 like players do. It’ll be just like the event they have at the Super Bowl, the NFL Experience.”
While there hasn’t been an official Chicago location announced as a possibility, considering all the sideline events the NFL will want to go along with the draft, you’d have to think McCormick Place is the most likely option. There’s plenty of space available to both host the draft and give fans who travel to the draft — for some reason known only to them — a chance to do stupid things to entertain themselves while wearing replica jerseys.
As for when the NFL will announce where next year’s draft, Brandt provided some insight there as well.
“Next week, there will be a group of people that are going to be associated with making recommendations to the commissioner,” Brandt added. “On just where this next draft or supplementary draft should go, and that group will meet next week.”
So it shouldn’t be too long now until we know for sure. I know, I can hardly stand the tension.
Seriously, I don’t really care if the NFL Draft is in Chicago. I suppose on the one hand it’s somewhat cool, if only because CBS will probably send me there to help cover it, but as for the draft itself, whatever, it’s a draft. A draft that I have a lot of interest in for football and professional reasons, but it’s still just a draft.
Of course, my feelings on this matter don’t matter to Rahm Emanuel as I already live in Chicago, and he’s already getting my tax dollars. It’s the tourism dollars that he’s after, and though I have a hard time believing there’s a huge financial windfall associated with hosting the NFL Draft, I suppose it probably doesn’t cost all that much to host it either, so no harm no foul, I guess.
Just as long as it doesn’t fuck up traffic any more than usual.
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