Boston, New Orleans, Canton among seven cities applying to host future NFL drafts
With the NFL's current agreement with Radio City Music Hall set to expire after the 2014 NFL draft, league executives have apparently opened their ears to offers to move the draft out of New York.
We had already heard that both Los Angeles and Chicago had shown interest in bidding on the festivities, but according to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post, five other cities have moved to express their interest as well.
Among those five new applicants, the only prospective host cities without local NFL teams are Canton, Ohio -- home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame -- and Orlando, Fla.
The NFL will still have the ability to remain at Radio City Music Hall if it wishes, as there is a mutual option between the two sides moving forward, but given the demand to host the draft and the financial impact it would have, it's understandable as to why the NFL may look to relocate.
One has to think the NFL's patience with Radio City Music Hall is running thin, since the main reason behind the delayed draft this year was due to a previously booked engagement at the venue. Moving -- possibly as soon as 2015 -- may not be out of the question.
Rumors have also swirled that the league may attempt to have a multi-city draft, holding each day of the draft in a different city. Clearly, no innovation on the draft-day experience is too radical for consideration at this point.MORE: Most overrated draft prospects | Offensive sleepers | Defensive sleepers