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Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Cleveland or Canton could host the 2019 or 2020 NFL Draft

Cleveland or Canton could host the 2019 or 2020 NFL Draft

The cities of Cleveland and Canton were named as one of the top five finalists for NFL's premiere weekend.

The 2019 draft would celebrate the league's 100th season, or its centennial in 2020.

The NFL Draft could be on its way to Kansas City. As Michael Beaven of the Akron Beacon Journal noted that year, Baker said the Hall of Fame would "fight bad hard for this thing".

The 2018 draft will be held in Dallas this April. Pete Fierle, the Hall's vice president of communications, added. According to The Sports Business Journal, the National Football League plans to begin a new Super Bowl bidding process this spring, where it will negotiate with single cities rather than open the games up to multiple bidders. The winners will be announced at the Spring League Meeting in May.

Now, the NFL Draft could be coming to them. The 2015 and '16 drafts in Chicago each drew more than 250,000 people over the three-day weekend and the NFL Draft experience.

In 2017, the draft was held outdoors for the first time. Last year's draft produced the second-biggest television audience ever, with a combined 9.2 million people tuning into opening-night broadcasts on ESPN and NFL Network.

Because of the competitive nature of the bid process, specific details regarding hosting the event are not known, including which venue the draft would be held. The league was formed in Canton, Ohio, home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, on August 20, 1920 - and that is of great interest to Browns executive vice president Dave Jenkins.

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