CHICAGO (CBS) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL Draft, ready to kick off here this week, may indeed return to Chicago one day.
Goodell conceded Chicago has shown the NFL what the event can be, two years running. But other cities want a crack at the event, which for years had been held in New York.READ MORE: Indianapolis FedEx Shooting: Here's What We Know So Far
“What you’ve done in the last two years in redefining it has already spoken volumes. It’s really now about, obviously, trying to satisfy the desire and demand of other communities that would love to do this, too,” he tells WBBM’s Craig Dellimore.
Denver and Los Angeles are among the contenders for the next draft, but Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says his city is the gold standard.
“Chicago’s now created a benchmark,” he said. “Every city will be measured against Chicago. We’ve proved a couple of things — we’re a sports town; two, we can throw a big party. And as I just told Roger, I whispered in his ear, every other city from now on will be NFL Village.”
You want a “Town,” the mayor says, you’ve got to come back to Chicago.