NFL Considers LA for Draft

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.

May 2, 2008 11:26 AM • Native Intelligence • Email the editor
 

© 2003-2014   •  About LA Observed  •  Contact the editor
LA Biz Observed
2:07 PM Sat | The funeral for Mark Lacter will be held Sunday, Nov. 24 at 12 noon at Hillside Memorial Park, 6001 W. Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles 90045. Reception to follow.
Native Intelligence
Stephen Sachs | CBS newsman Harvey Sachs was a different man on weekends. Since his passing, his table saw has cut the scenery for dozens of plays at the Fountain Theatre in Hollywood.
Gary Leonard | Gary checks out the crush at the new winery downtown.
Bill Boyarsky
The San Francisco state senator who wants to build more tall buildings around rail stations and bus stops will have to come up with new legislation that is more politically acceptable to cities and suspicious neighborhood groups, says Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon.
Jenny Burman
Before I lived in Echo Park, there was a tiny 1920s bungalow-cottage-standalone house on N. Occidental in Silver Lake. I...
Here in Malibu
One of my favorite public art works in Malibu can be found at the veterinary hospital....