The NFL draft is leaving New York after 49 years. But it won’t be coming to Boston.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday that the league has narrowed down the location of the 2015 draft to Los Angeles or Chicago. The event has been held in New York every year since 1965 and has been at Radio City Music Hall since 2006.
Goodell said that 12 cities were interested in hosting the draft, according to the Los Angeles Times. But the league narrowed the finalists to Los Angeles and Chicago after Radio City officials told the NFL that the venue wouldn’t be available in April or May.
Boston was a contender, as Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Mayor Marty Walsh was investigating hosting the draft.
But Chicago and Los Angeles line up best for the NFL. “They both have tremendous bids,” Goodell said.
Goodell said a final decision on the location could be made by late summer.
He said the league is discussing different concepts for next year’s draft, including stretching it from three days to four.