Dallas Cowboys to host the 2018 NFL Draft

Oct 20, 2017, 00:33
Dallas Cowboys to host the 2018 NFL Draft

"Philadelphia raised the bar by taking the Draft to another level, and this new opportunity in Dallas will enable us to continue the event's evolution and grow it even further", Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.

The NFL announced Wednesday that it has set its sight on Dallas, Texas for the location of their next league draft event.

Previous year in Philly, a record-breaking 250,000 fans attended the draft over the three-day span.

Landing the draft is just as big of a win for the cities of Frisco and Dallas and the state of Texas a whole, however, as there was concern after Jones formally entered his bid back in May that the state's transgender bathroom bill would eliminate Dallas from contention.

The NFL Draft returns to primetime with Round 1 on Thursday, April 26. It was the most-watched cable program of the week and the most-watched sports event of the week on both broadcast and cable networks.

Spokesman Joe Lockhart said the league's plan is to rotate the draft's venue each year because up to 20 teams expressed interest in hosting it. Lockhart said the economic value to the local community is estimated at almost $100 million, about a quarter of what the Super Bowl brings but still ridiculously substantial. Rounds 2 and 3 will be Friday, April 27, and Rounds 4-7 will close out the draft Saturday, April 28.

The Draft, also known as the Player Selection Meeting, will be held over three days. Interested fans can win seated tickets at no cost. Philadelphia hosted the draft earlier this year. From 2006-2014, it was at Radio City Music Hall in NY.

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