By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com
The NFL announced the host cities for the 2020, 2021, and 2023 NFL Drafts this week, with the location for the 2022 event noticeably undetermined.
Could Boston be in the mix to host that year?
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, league officials are hoping to host the 2022 in a major city, with Boston and Washington D.C. coming up in behind-the-scenes discussions.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 22, 2019
"Some of the [cities] that have been mentioned to me: Boston, potentially, with the Patriots hosting...Washington, D.C., with the Redskins. Maybe Houston with the Texans, although usually these are reserved for teams that do not host Super Bowls," Rapoport said.
Where the event would be held in Boston would certainly be a factor in the decision. Boston wouldn't have a comparable location to Nashville's Broadway District, which was transformed into a giant draft party for a weekend, but locations like Boston Common and City Hall Plaza could be considered. If the NFL wanted to host the event at a stadium, Harvard Stadium, Fenway Park, or TD Garden might also come up in discussion.
The unpredictable weather in New England in April and May would certainly need to be considered as well.
The NFL Draft will be held in Las Vegas in 2020, Cleveland in 2021, and Kansas City in 2023.
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