Why Orlando?

May 7th, 2014
Why would the NFL hold the NFL draft in Orlando?

Why would the NFL hold the draft in Orlando?

NFL 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?

39 Responses to “Why Orlando?”

  1. Nick H Says:

    I don’t even think I’ll watch the 2015 draft because of the horrid direction the NFL is moving

  2. Destinjohnny Says:

    Destin would be the spot

  3. StAugBuc Says:

    I’m guessing BSPN would have something to do with the Orlando idea

  4. Lynch Says:

    LMAO Lakeland with a theme park!

  5. Espo Says:


  6. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Can’t anybody think outside of the box. They hold it for three days out at the Tradewind’s Beach or Clearwater Beach.

    They draw mobs of young males looking for an excuse to head down to the sunshine and they sprinkle the beach with hot babes…yes Joe including Rachel Watson.

    Seriously. Think of what a major blowout you could have.

  7. bucrightoff Says:

    Oh yeah, they’re considering moving the draft back EVEN more next year. Please, I beg all of you to not watch it on TV. Follow it online, but don’t give ESPN or NFLN the TV ratings, as this will justify them moving it back again. Goodell is a cancer who has to go before he destroys the golden goose.

  8. Mitch Says:

    What’s the deal with Goldsons ankle?

  9. Bobby4919 Says:

    You haven’t seen traffic until you’ve met the I4 / I75 interchange on game day!

    The draft is a MEDIA event, not a spectator sport! You could hold it in a Holiday Inn Express in Micanopy and still get TV coverage you’re looking for.

    Good lord…. we’re not hosting the Super Bowl.

  10. panhandle buc Says:

    @ Destinjohnny

    Hell yeah! I live in Navarre, so I am down with that!!

  11. The don Says:

    Why not Vegas

  12. Barmorej Says:

    Ummm it’s pretty easy to see why Orlando…

    ABC-Disney-ESPN. Simple as that.

  13. deminion Says:

    Orlando is crap i lived there my thoughts were what’s the hype about Orlando just has theme parks

  14. Bucfan#37 Says:

    Orlando, Give me a break! Without Disney, it would still be the two red light backwater podunk speed through speedtrap of my youth.

  15. GhostofJohnGruden Says:

    What a boom to the economy, the hooker population is exploding, lots of money to be made. Just keep Grady Judd clear. Judd has a way of sniffing such stuff out and throwing everyone in jail. Good expesnive ones down in the tourist corridor, if you are short of funds O.B.T.

  16. KMAC1322 Says:

    Disney Joe! Disney! haha that is the only thing I can think of….

  17. Orlampa Turd in Nicaragua Says:

    Joe – the traffic in Tampa is much worse than the traffic in Orlando.

    Deminion – Sure, I’d take Pinellas County’s beaches over the parks and the god-awful tourist/hooker hellhole that is International Drive; but the only people who go to these tourist traps are tourists! Locals don’t go anywhere the tourist corridor. Take away the beaches and the tourist traps and Tampa and Orlando are pretty much the same town.

  18. Orlampa Turd in Nicaragua Says:

    On a side note, if the Glazer kids were smart, they would do a lot more marketing in Orange/Osceola/Seminole counties, because the Bucs’ presence there is pretty much non-existent.

  19. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Can you imagine how INSANE the traffic will be, on the Dan Ryan during rush hour w/ the draft in town?

  20. Espo Says:

    Disney isn’t actually in Orlando guys… I thought only tourists thought that.

  21. Pinnaql3 Says:

    Why Orlando?
    It’s a neutral site. There’s a huge diversity in terms of NFL fans here. It’s a tourist destination. There’s the Amway Center that can hold more than enough people. There’s the ridiculously large Convention Center that can hold more than enough people. Tampa’s “suffocating traffic” is every bit as insane as Tampa’s.

  22. Jordan Says:

    1 Hour to Tampa, 2 Hours to Jax, and 3 Hours to Miami.

  23. deminion Says:

    @orlampa turd lol orange blossom trail

  24. RastaMon Says:

    “I don’t even think I’ll watch the 2015 draft because of the horrid direction the NFL is moving”…Nick H

    I agree %100…they have TAKEN a wonderful Saturady afternoon tradition runds 1-3…and turned the evento a torturous media idiot vs idiot speculatve spectical…it pains my soul…

  25. Tony Says:

    Orlando makes a ton of sense. It’s a vacation destination. They can handle the influx of people with ease. Their downtown area has it right (Tampa…I’m looking at you). It’s a warm weather destination. I don’t see how that is a bad idea at all? And it’s neutral. Hey Joe, please stop exposing your inability to think something through logically…..it’s making Manziel look bad!:)

  26. Sweets Willie Says:

    O town would be great, draftees and families would have a blast! NFL could add events and make it a Draft Week Extravaganza! $$$

  27. Buc Fan on I drive Says:

    The Buccaneers have many fans here in Orlando. Many of those Orlando Buccaneer fans look for Buccaneer news and participate in discussions on sites that talk Buccaneers.
    Many of these Orlando fans of the Buccaneers make their living from the hotels and attractions we have in our area. Most of us work hard every day profit from tourism in a perfectly honest and legal way. Then we spend our free time and extra money on our favorite football team. We visit websites that are loaded with advertisers and Hooter calendar girls.
    Orlando has three teams designated by the NFL for local TV territorial rights. We watch the Bucs, the Dolphins and the Jags. None of these cities were mentioned in the rumor as being a possible site for an NFL draft.
    L.A., Canton and Boston (Foxborough is not Boston, hence the name New England) don’t have NFL teams either but you are upset because Orlando is mentioned.
    It’s only rumored, it doesn’t mean anything.
    But it does reveal your attitude toward your neighbors. The same neighbors you profit from in web hits. Well, good luck with that business model.

  28. Buc1987 Says:

    The best part of it all would be not having to hear the chant. J. E. T. S. Jets Jets Jets all day long.

  29. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    We lost one of the Legends of the game today.
    Mr. William G. Nunn, Jr. (September 30, 1925 – May 7th, 2014)

    “Nunn, who became a full-time scout for the Steelers in 1969, is credited with opening and nurturing a pipeline to historically black colleges in the South, one that yielded the likes of cornerback Mel Blount, wide receiver John Stallworth, defensive end L.C. Greenwood and safety Donnie Shell, among others.”

    Steelers chairman Dan Rooney said in a statement. “Bill had extraordinary talents in identifying talent throughout his career.

    Thank you, for your contributions to the game Sir.

  30. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    “You cannot write the history of the Pittsburgh Steelers without Bill Nunn,” said Mr. Blount, a cornerback who played 14 seasons for the Steelers and is enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “When you look at the Steelers of the 1970s, none of that would have happened without Bill Nunn.”

  31. T in Orlando Says:

    The report is cities that applied, not cities the NFL is currently considering. Just because the city of Orlando applied, doesn’t mean that the NFL is seriously considering.

    There are plenty of reasons to berate the NFL right now, but this criticizing the NFL for a city applying to host the draft would be like criticizing Rachel Watson for being constantly mentioned in Joe’s posts.

  32. Big Rob Says:

    Native Orlandoan here. Been in Tampa 7 years now. Traffic is WAY worse. Get a clue Joe.

  33. ryan Says:

    I know Joe isnt ripping on Orlando’s traffic.. Tampa traffic is 10x worse than Orlando’s.

    And if the NFL wants it at a convention center, Orlando is an easy choice. Depending on the article you read, the Orange County CC is ranked between 1-3 nationally. Tons of high end hotels within walking distance on I-Drive.

    For this type of event, Orlando blows Tampa out of the water.

  34. passthebuc Says:

    The reason is available hotel accommodations.

  35. Burg Says:


  36. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    ryan Says
    “I know Joe isnt ripping on Orlando’s traffic.. Tampa traffic is 10x worse than Orlando’s.”

    Are you out of your mind??? International Drive is bumper to bumper all day Thursday thru Sunday!

    The Orlando Convention Center is a pretty nice location though.

    I don’t have a problem with it. Orlando is three hours away. I might actually get to go to a draft.

  37. BucfaninMO Says:

    My vote goes to Joplin Mo. We have a nice park here where the NFL can put up some seats or just use the bleachers next to the baseball field. There is a McDs and a Taco Smell right next to the park for refreshments.
    After the draft there is a bar across the street with toothless crackwhores galore for all to enjoy.
    If the NFL reads this please consider.

  38. phil Says:

    They should go back to the way it used to be held in April and start on Saturday at 12 noon and finish on Sunday.

  39. Greg Smithwick Says:

    LOL…I sense much bitterness in this thread.

    You guys are hilarious, if you can’t see why Orlando.

    Face it, kids…Tampa has been bypassed in the media presence world, like a roadside mom and pop motel in Lutz.