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Robert Kraft: Marty Walsh wants NFL Draft in Boston

The NFL seems intent on tinkering with its annual draft, with the possibility floated in recent weeks that it will be held in a city other than New York, or perhaps in multiple cities in the same year.

And Boston may want a piece of the action.

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft told reporters Monday that Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh is looking into having the NFL Draft in the city.

Speaking after the annual Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards, Kraft was asked if he would want the league to bring one of its signature events to Massachusetts, but made it sound as though it’s not something he would be heavily involved in.

“That’s a decision for Mayor Walsh, who has called me and said he is very interested in it, and he has had his staff working with the NFL,” Kraft said.

“We’d love to see it happen. It’s about, do we have the proper venue in the city of Boston and what it would do for tourism and the so-called ‘sizzle’ factor.

“I know they’re seriously considering LA and Chicago as geographically well-suited to do this, but I think now there’s some consideration for maybe even splitting the draft in two parts and doing it in different cities and moving it around.

“It’s all under exploration now.”

Walsh’s office issued a statement saying, “The Mayor would love to see the NFL draft come to Boston. He’s a long-time Patriots season ticket holder.

“As he has said previously, Boston has the resources and the infrastructure to host the draft here, and we would welcome the opportunity.”

Kraft was in New York Sunday night for the Tony Awards; he is listed as a producer for the show, “After Midnight,” which was nominated for best musical but lost to “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.”

Shalise Manza Young can be reached at syoung@globe.com. Meghan Irons of the Globe staff contributed to this report.
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