For as long as most can recall the NFL Draft has been held in New York City in what has become an offseason tradition that nearly is every bit as anticipated as Week One or the NFL Playoffs as fans flock the Big Apple and their televisions to see if their team will land the franchise players to lead them to glory one day.
Well according to ProFootballTalk that tradition can potentially be changed down the road, with of course the Dallas Cowboys and their massive stadium being a lucrative possibility as a future host of the sacred event.
The NFL draft has become such a blockbuster event that if it were held in an NFL stadium, it could draw tens of thousands of fans. And so it’s unsurprising that the Cowboys would love to host it at their own stadium.
“As you can imagine, we like the idea,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, via the Dallas Morning News. “Anything that we can do at AT&T Stadium for our fans, give them a more up close and personal look at, I think would be a plus. I think it’s something that the league is seriously taking a look at. They’ve actually looked at making it multilocational in terms of doing a day in New York and a day in another city, something like that. There’s a lot of things being discussed. At the end of the day, we’re trying to make our game better for our fans, and that includes all aspects of it. Certainly, we want our fans to be able to get up close and personal looks and I think looking at something like this is something that our fans might enjoy.”
Other leagues have a multi-location draft (such as the National Hockey League), but few drafts have the magic of the NFL Draft at Radio City in what has became a tradition. Dallas’ stadium’s novelty is wearing off by the year which makes this seem like an idea that should be kept in the board room as a simple suggestion from a hopeful Cowboys team. When it comes to messing with tradition, the NFL should keep the Draft where it belongs.