Why Orlando?May 7th, 2014
warden commissioner Roger Goodell has floated the idea of moving the NFL Draft around to different cities other than New York. Joe isn’t sure if it would be all three days or only one day - or perhaps a new four-day draft, as has been speculated. There are no specifics.
Well, it seems the NFL is farther down the path of making this roving draft site a reality. A variety of cities have applied for the right to host an NFL draft, per Bert Hubbard of the New York Post.
@HubbuchNYP: NFL source tells me the following cities have applied to host draft: New Orleans, Boston, Philly, Orlando, Chicago, L.A. and Canton, Ohio.
Yes, you read that correctly. No Tampa. But Orlando. ORLANDO?! Why in the name of Sabby the Goat would the NFL ever consider Orlando? It has no NFL team. It will never get an NFL team. At least Los Angeles had – and probably will get — an NFL team. Canton has the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Orlando has suffocating traffic; perhaps the worst this side of Chicago. Orlando is Lakeland with a theme park.
Joe isn’t sure where the draft would be held in the Tampa Bay area. If the draft is moving to later in May, which has been rumored, aren’t most venues booked with graduation ceremonies? The Ice Palace seems to be the only viable option. Doubt they would hold the draft at the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway.
Maybe the Tampa Convention Center would be a good site?