NFL Moves Draft To May


The 2014 NFL Draft has been moved back to May 8-10, the league announced Tuesday afternoon, a change of two weeks.

The change is because of a scheduling conflict at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the league states. The venue is hosting an Easter event at the same time as when the draft would have normally been held.

The decision was made after discussions with club personnel and key NFL business partners, per the league's release.

No decision has been made regarding the dates of the NFL Draft in 2015 and beyond, but there is speculation that this could be a permanent change.

Teams were told that a variety of alternatives are being explored for the future, including holding the draft at Radio City or other locations, either in the New York area or in other cities.

The change in date spaces out some of the NFL's biggest offseason events more, and further makes the league an year-round spectacle. With the*NFL Scouting Combine in mid-February, then free agency eating up much of March and early April, the draft will have a bigger * buildup.

It also moves into May television ratings sweeps, which could add more advertising revenue.

Teams were informed that there will be no other major changes in dates to offseason events next year. Rookies will report sooner, but teams will still have the same number of offseason practices.

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