According to the Denver Post’s Troy Renck, the Denver Broncos have expressed interest in hosting the NFL Draft. The draft, which will be in Chicago this Thursday-Saturday (April 30-May 2), has left New York City for the first time since 1964 and perhaps may be an event that can be bid on in future years, such as is the case with the Super Bowl on a yearly basis.
"We have let the commissioner's office know that we want it and are eager to host it in Denver," Broncos president and chief executive officer Joe Ellis said Wednesday. "It has become a signature event in sports and the intrigue and the hype leading up to the draft week has made it so. We certainly believe after talking with Visit Denver (president) Richard Scharf that Denver would be a worthy choice to host NFL draft week."
According to Renck, Ellis will travel to Chicago this weekend to observe the draft and study the particulars. He will be accompanied by Broncos senior Vice President of Development Mac Freeman, as well as Denver Sports executive director Matthew Payne.
Ellis confirmed that Denver will not only explore the possibilities of hosting the draft but still try to secure a Super Bowl bid, although he said the draft is a more realistic target to commit resources to.
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Nevertheless, the competition is comparable to that on the football field, as when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell moved the draft from Radio City Music Hall for the first time in nine years in 2015, he received bids from 11 cities, such as Boston, Los Angeles, Houston and New Orleans.
Presently, the site for next year's draft, as well as subsequent years are undetermined. There has been speculation that the 2016 draft will be in Los Angeles, perhaps as a strategy to reintroduce the NFL to the nation's No. 2 media market, which has been without the NFL since the Rams and Raiders left town in 1994.
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