Cleveland, Canton and all of Northeast Ohio hoped to serve as hosts for the 2020 NFL Draft. The league rained on their parade by awarding it to Las Vegas.
The announcement took place Wednesday afternoon at the NFL league meeting in Irving, Texas.
Cleveland and Canton hoped to roll the dice and go all in on hosting the made for prime time event. They rolled a seven. If you play craps, you know what rolling a seven means. You lose.
“We remain committed to hosting an NFL Draft in Northeast Ohio and will continue to work closely with the NFL to identify the ideal opportunity for our fans, our city and the league,’’ the Browns said in a statement via a spokesman. “There are many teams and cities across the NFL who are capable of creating an exceptional draft experience for fans, including the Titans and Raiders, and we are still hopeful we may ultimately share that honor in the future.’’
The Cleveland, Canton group also hoped to split the three days of the NFL draft between the two cities. The Pro Football Hall of Fame would serve as one of the venue sites. 2020 also marks the 100-year anniversary of the NFL. It was still not enough to sway the league in their favor over Las Vegas in their inaugural season as the home of the Raiders.
”The NFL draft is one of the most-anticipated events of the year and we’re excited to take it to Las Vegas,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “We look forward to working with the Raiders, Las Vegas officials and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to create an unforgettable week-long celebration of football for our fans, the incoming prospects and partners.”
Cleveland, Canton finished in the final three to host the 2020 NFL Draft. Kansas City also lost out. In addition, northeast Ohio is now 0-2 in attempts to bring the NFL Draft to town. They also lost out to Nashville, Tennessee for the 2019 NFL Draft.
So Northeast Ohio will try to ‘Bring it Home’ again in 2021. ‘Bring it Home’ is the regions campaign to the league to host the NFL Draft.