For the past few weeks, pundits have been saying that LA isn't a priority for the NFL. Well apparently, it's enough of a priority for the NFL to consider holding its draft here. Today, the Times reports that the Nokia Theatre is being considered as the site for the 2009 NFL Draft.
The NFL has discussed moving the draft around to different cities, and LA seems like a great choice. ESPN covers the draft and they plan to open a new studio at LA Live next year. The NFL Network also broadcasts the draft and they're located in Culver City. Aside from the proximity for the event's two broadcast carriers, LA could bring a new Hollywood feel to the draft. And while Jets fans may bemoan the lost opportunity for booing their draft pick, SoCal would represent a neutral location for NFL teams.
This doesn't necessarily mean LA is getting a team, but holding the draft here would certainly generate more NFL-to-LA discussions. With Ed Roski's new stadium plan being introduced to the public and San Diego Chargers fans seemingly concerned, it appears there is some bit momentum behind an NFL return to LA for the first time in a while.