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Roger Goodell: Chicago, Los Angeles in “very aggressive” pursuit of draft hosting duties

A LAPD helicopter flies over the Hollywood sign in Hollywood

A LAPD helicopter flies over the Hollywood sign in Hollywood

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Los Angeles doesn’t have an NFL team, but they’d like to be the place that the NFL’s future stars go to find out their teams.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told Rich Eisen of NFL Network that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a “very aggressive” pursuit of draft hosting duties for their respective cities. Emanuel said he wanted Chicago to host the draft in Chicago while also talking about bringing a Super Bowl to the Windy City.

Goodell has said in the past that the league would look into other host cities and said it again to Eisen.

“We’re looking at the potential of moving out of New York,” Goodell said. “Radio City’s been a great place for us, but there are a lot of cities that are interested in having us in the future, and we’re going to look at that.”

It’s one of several things the league is looking at regarding the draft, including when to hold it and whether to expand it to a four nights in the future. All of which is likely a lot more than Pete Rozelle ever thought possible when he was first approached by ESPN about selling the rights to televise it.