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Goodell: 2015 NFL Draft will be in either Chicago or Los Angeles

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

New York City and Radio City Music Hall won't host the 2015 draft. (USATSI)
New York City and Radio City Music Hall won't host the 2015 draft. (USATSI)

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Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league has narrowed list of host cities for the 2015 NFL Draft down to two, and New York and Radio City Music Hall aren't in the mix.

“We're focusing solely on Los Angeles and Chicago now,” he said Thursday while participating on the CBS Thursday Night Football panel, via the Los Angeles Times.

The draft has been at Radio City the last nine years, and New York has hosted the event since 1965.

Now the proceedings will head west and is expected to take place either April 22-25 or April 29-May 2.

“We had 12 cities that were interested,” Goodell continued. “We felt the best thing to do was to focus on the three cities, because they had such a tremendous interest. There are very attractive aspects to each of those cities. Because we don't have the appropriate dates in May our focus is completely on Los Angeles and Chicago. They both have tremendous bids.”

Goodell wouldn't give a specific timetable on when the host city would be named but it could come before the start of the 2014 season.

"I believe the decision will come in late summer, but we're not going to be bound by that. We're going to do the right thing," he said.

There's also the matter of how long the draft will be. It's now three days, but could stretch to four, though Goodell acknowledges that it might be difficult to keep viewers tuned in for the later rounds.

“We're talking about different concepts, primarily how to strengthen the last day and whether we should maybe push that back to the clubs a little bit more and allow the clubs to have a little bit more freedom as more of a club day,” he said. “Maybe they would announce the picks from there. We're looking at everything under the sun, because there's a great interest in it and we want to do something that's more responsive to our fans.”

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