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Kansas City in mix to host 2023 NFL draft

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A host site has yet to be determined for the 2022 NFL Draft, but that may not stop the league from awarding a site for 2023.

According to s report from SI.com’s Albert Breer, Kansas City could be awarded the event that year when the owners meet Wednesday.

As was reported yesterday by multiple outlets, the 2021 draft could be awarded to Cleveland today. It’s unclear why the NFL would award the 2023 draft before the 2022 draft, but apparently no cities have come forward with a good proposal to host in 2022.

The 2020 draft will be in Las Vegas.

Cities that have expressed interest in hosting the draft are Denver, Detroit, Green Bay, Minnesota and Houston. In addition, past hosts Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas and Nashville have all expressed some interest in hosting another draft in the future.

Whatever team gets the draft in either of the next few years, it’ll surely be in line for a huge event.

The NFL said 600,000 people attended April’s draft in Nashville, far eclipsing the previous record of 250,000 in 2017 in Philadelphia. With 47.5 million viewers over three days, it was the highest-rated and most-watched draft ever.

Toll said the 600,000 figure is over three days and double- or triple-counts some attendees who went each day.

The NFL said a report compiled by VisitDallas determined that the 2018 draft generated $125.2 million in economic impact for the Dallas region, including $74 million in direct spending.

Due to, of all things, a scheduling conflict, the league has recently began moving the draft around the country after years of hosting the event in New York. So far, this new plan seems to be working well.