NFL Draft Football

The wait for the NFL Draft might be a little longer, as the NFL and the NFLPA are finishing a new 3-year deal to move the event to May starting 2014.
Radio City Music Hall will now be used for the Spring Spectacular during the final weekend of April starting next year as well, which gave both sides more incentive to make the deal happen sooner.

One of the only positives from this new announcement will be the start of the league year and NFL Free Agency moving ahead of the Indianapolis scouting combine beginning in February 2015. The NFLPA wanted chance for free agents to find jobs easier with the long gap in between the league year and the draft in May. The 2014 Draft will take place May 15-17 with the following years to follow being the first week in May for 2015 and 2016.

Our take. In May, all major Networks (ABC, NBC, CBS etc.) get a boost in ratings due to sweeps week for the Nielsen ratings. This move was strictly done for the NFL marketing initiative to shorten waiting time for the June mini-camps and mandatory rookie camp, building hype for their prime-time Draft special. This is a win-win for both sides with the NFL getting their TV share revenue and the NFLPA looking out for their own veterans.

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