2015 NFL Draft Date Announced
The 2015 NFL Draft finally has a date. An exact location, however, is another story. Still, the league has finally made it be known that the annual draft will move up from last year’s May 8th date, to April 30th. The event will still run over three days, culminating with the final rounds of the draft on May 2nd.
The move was expected, as fans and even some people involved with the NFL expressed outrage with the draft being pushed back an extra week into May. That produced ridiculous overkill in media coverage of the event, as every non-story regarding every player was naturally made into a bigger story that it needed to be.
Last year’s draft process was especially draining, however, as media outlets had an extra week to beat the life out of stories involving Johnny Manziel, Michael Sam and others.
Next year, however, the league will have a more normal date for the event, which should hopefully cut back on unnecessary coverage. Doing so should keep fans more interesting in the process leading up to the draft, while there won’t be a meaningless extra week of forcing fans and teams to wait.
While the date is now set in stone, the NFL still doesn’t know where the draft will be held next year. Normally held at Radio City Music Hall in New York, the league declined to re-up their hold on the venue for 2015 and will now be choosing a new location. As part of their plan to broaden the horizons of the league by stretching out across the nation (and the globe with their yearly games in London), the new location is reportedly down to Los Angeles or Chicago. Commissioner Roger Goodell has suggested in previous interviews that the end goal may be to have the event in a new city each year to keep it mobile.
Fans are already gearing up for next year’s draft, which should feature high profile players such as Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota.
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