Los Angeles Could Be Host City For 2009 NFL Draft

The NFL’s contract with Radio City Music Hall has expired, and the league is courting suitors to host the draft, starting next year.

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One of the early frontrunners is LA, despite, you know, not having a team or anything.From the LOS ANGELES TIMES:

AEG has had preliminary discussions with the NFL about holding the draft at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in 2009. The NFL’s two-year contract with Radio City Music Hall has expired.

“We think it would be phenomenal in L.A. and we’re prepared to do whatever it takes to get it here,” said Tim Leiweke, president and chief executive of AEG.

Asked recently whether the league was considering moving the draft from New York, where it has been held since 1965, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, “Yes. There seems to be a great deal of interest from various cities to do it. We think Radio City has been terrific, and obviously being in the media capital is a terrific thing for us, but it is something that we continue to evaluate, and we haven’t come to any conclusion on it. . . .

AEG is one of those massive sports entertainment conglomerates, though they’re not necessarily associated with Ed Roski, the developer trying to bring an NFL team back to Los Angeles. Anyone would be hard-pressed to find a better way of welcoming pro football back to Southern California. But the league should just let USC play an NFL schedule. They’re undersized, but they have plenty of room under the salary cap.