Las Vegas had grand plans for the 2020 NFL Draft.
From the stage floating on the water in front of the Bellagio, to players being brought to the stage via boat. It was going to be a spectacle only Sin City could pull off.
Unfortunately, that spectacular show will have to wait.
Earlier this week, the Las Vegas Strip shut down to help contain the spread of COVID-19. That decision will impact next month's NFL Draft.
According to reports, the NFL Draft will no longer be held in Las Vegas and the league has plans to hold the draft in a TV studio, while cutting into live looks of the team war rooms.
NFL plans to stage its draft next month in a studio setting rather than Las Vegas https://t.co/IgIuW2ZMBk— Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) March 22, 2020
According to a memo obtained by the LA Times, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote: “Planning for the Draft is a good example of how we need to think differently, embrace technology and collaborate. We will also use the Draft to help support fans and those people impacted in our communities.”
Following the NFL's announcement, the Las Vegas Raiders and owner Mark Davis issued a statement of their own. "After careful consideration, the Las Vegas Raiders, the NFL, the NFLPA and the LVCVA have decided to cancel the 2020 Las Vegas NFL Draft celebration... Health and safety has always been our top priority, so despite it being a major disappointment, this was the right decision."
The situations we are all dealing with due to the pandemic change by the hour, and we are all forced to adjust.
Las Vegas was supposed to put on the greatest NFL Draft imaginable. Now our imagination is all we have to picture this event.
The NFL Draft is scheduled for April 23-25.