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Draft could become a multi-city affair

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by WoodysGirl, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    For anyone who has attended the draft in New York City, it’s clear that the second evening and the third day lack the sizzle of the first night of the event.

    The NFL knows it, too. Which could result in a dramatic change for the event.

    The draft could be moving. To three cities in three days.

    According to Don Banks of SI.com, the league is considering uprooting the draft from New York City and splitting the event over three cities per year, possibly with some geographic connection among the locations.


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  2. AbeBeta

    AbeBeta Well-Known Member

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    What is the over/under on how many "Goodell is an idiot" responses this generates?

    Me, I think he's done a really good job increasing the coverage and profile of the draft. He's got a good handle on how to market this.
  3. JohnsKey19

    JohnsKey19 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah but some things are better left unchanged. I prefer the Saturday/Sunday setup in one venue...
  4. AbeBeta

    AbeBeta Well-Known Member

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    A. Why on earth do you care where it takes place?

    B. This is about making money. The draft was an unrealized revenue source. Now it is a much bigger money maker due to the primetime coverage of the first rounds (rather than later rounds sneaking into primetime).

    C. Your preference is meaningless.
  5. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    I think most of us do. Splitting it up is just strange. Other than selling tickets to the locals, how is this going to increase interest in the draft? I can't imagine anyone saying, "I wasn't going to watch the second round when it was in New York, but now I will since it's in Philly."
  6. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    NFL office is in New York just keep it there.
  7. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    splitting the draft up allows the NFL to get more TV money. EVERYTHING they do is based on that.
  8. AbeBeta

    AbeBeta Well-Known Member

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    Isn't that sorta of the point of owning an NFL team? To make money on it?
  9. ShiningStar

    ShiningStar Well-Known Member

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    A. do you really think ill get excited if its in Phoenix Arizona, or Tampa Bay?

    B. its about making money for cities, who could do things different ways, i cant help it if they cant think of ways.

    C. blank for a reason
  10. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah and the players benefit off it as well . They are about making money no doubt about it.
  11. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    There is sure to be interest from fans who live in those other cities to attend the draft.
  12. Pottsville Maroons

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    Personally, I would really like to go to the Draft, so I'm in favor of this. The spectacle of New York City is one draw but also a drawback. That's a long way from Oklahoma City, which is probably why I haven't been able to attend thus far.

    Also, listening to Jets and Giants fans every year gets really old. If they held it in different city each year, it would diversify the attendees somewhat, which would be a big improvement all by itself.

    If you only watch it on TV, then the locale shouldn't really matter. But I think it would give many more fans in different parts of the country direct access to something that, before this proposed change, they have only been able to watch on TV.

    I'm not sure I'm on board with the 3 cities per year part, but overall I like the idea of having the Draft in cities other than New York City each year.
  13. AbeBeta

    AbeBeta Well-Known Member

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    A. I don't care where it is. Those cities sure as heck do and will bid to host it. Bidding increases revenue. The location is irrelevant unless you are attending

    B. No, it is about making money for the NFL. The league has a handful of assets that could generate more money. The draft is a big one. You make the first round draft viewing as strong as say, a playoff game in primetime, and you've got a massive new and diversified source of revenue.
  14. AbeBeta

    AbeBeta Well-Known Member

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    If it were three cities a year you'd likely get an NFC East year - you can't tell me Jerry wouldn't work like crazy to have Dallas host the first round.

    Lots of NFL cities a days drive away for Okies.
  15. Picksix

    Picksix A Work in Progress

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    I don't think it has much to do with viewership, but moreso live audience and atmosphere. They're thinking is that, by day 2 and 3, the NY crowd dies down, and along with it, the "energy in the room". So they move it to a different city, with a different audience, who is just as jazzed about being at the draft as those who go to Radio City that Thursday night. As for people like you and me, who primarily just watch it on TV, probably not much change.
  16. Pottsville Maroons

    Pottsville Maroons Member

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    Agreed. It's certainly a better option than trying to get all the way to NYC.
  17. Pottsville Maroons

    Pottsville Maroons Member

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    Agreed.
  18. dogberry

    dogberry Well-Known Member

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    Norm would have to fly to three cities to cover the draft?
  19. Verdict

    Verdict Well-Known Member

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    I think that it is a great idea and a money maker.
  20. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    Good point. Probably won't happen.

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