IRVING, Texas – The NFL will hold its 2020 draft in Las Vegas.
Ahead of the Oakland Raiders’ expected debut season in the city, the three-day event will set up on and around the Las Vegas Strip.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Raiders owner Mark Davis announced the move Wednesday at league meetings.
“Bringing the Raiders to Las Vegas was more than just 10 football games a year,” Davis said. “When you bring the National Football League somewhere, they get a lot of ancillary benefits. The draft is one of them.
“We’re totally excited.”
The Raiders announced their move to Las Vegas in March 2017. Their stadium is under construction and not expected to be completed until after the draft in 2020. But the league plans to hold some type of event at or around stadium property.
The iconic Strip scene follows drafts on the Rocky steps in Philadelphia in 2017 and lower Broadway in Nashville this spring.
Kansas City and Cleveland also submitted proposals for consideration as 2019 and 2020 draft hosts.
The 2018 draft in Arlington, Texas, generated a record $125.2 million in economic impact ($74 million in direct spending), according to a report by VisitDallas, and attracted more than 200,000 fans.
The city of Oakland announced Tuesday it will file a federal antitrust lawsuit against the NFL, Raiders and remaining 31 teams. The lawsuit, the city attorney said, will seek damages including lost revenue and allege legal violations for “boycotting Oakland.”
The Raiders, in the last year of their lease at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, haven’t announced where they’ll play in 2019.
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