FOXBORO, Mass. — The NFL draft no longer is tethered to New York, which means the annual event could come to Boston at some point in the near future.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is open to the idea, and so is Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.
“That’s a decision for Mayor Walsh, who has called me and said that he is very interested in it,” Kraft said Monday following the Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards at Gillette Stadium when asked if he would like to see the draft in Boston. “He has had his staff working with the NFL. We’d love to see it happen. It’s about do we have the proper venue in the City of Boston, and what would it do for tourism and the so-called sizzle factor?
“I know they’re seriously considering (Los Angeles) and Chicago as geographically well-suited to do this, but I think now there’s some consideration for maybe even splitting the draft into two parts and doing it in different cities and moving it around. It’s all under exploration now.”
A decision will be made regarding the site of the 2015 NFL draft in late June, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Friday. TD Garden and Agganis Arena might be the best venues suited for the event in Boston.