Chicago to Host 2016 NFL Draft: Draft Dates, Venue, Details and Reaction

August 11, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are reportedly set to announce Tuesday that the 2016 NFL draft will take place in the Windy City. It's the second straight year Chicago will host the league's marquee offseason event.  
Steve Wyche of the NFL Network first reported the news. 670 The Score notes there's a press conference scheduled for 12:30 p.m. CT (1:30 p.m. ET) to make it official.
Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal notes more than 200,000 fans took part in the festival at Grant Park during the draft back in April. Trey Wingo of ESPN, one of the network's hosts for the event, applauded the choice to return:
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network notes going back to Chicago for a second time doesn't mean the draft is going to stay there for the foreseeable future. He expects Denver, Dallas, Miami, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles to be in the mix, along with Philadelphia, Green Bay and Canton, the home of the ...

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