With New York's Radio City Music Hall unavailable next spring, Los Angeles and Chicago were recently named finalists for the 2015 NFL Draft. Here's why Los Angeles should be a runaway favorite.
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That year the NHL hosted it's annual draft in Los Angeles. Two Stanley Cups later and LA is somewhat of a puck crazy town. However, when the draft took center stage, it was before the Kings started winning titles and still it was considered a huge success. LA is crazy about it's football. Imagine the possibilities of how well the NFL Draft would be received.
Raiders and Rams fans remain the majority among NFL supporters but in a city with so many transplants, you won't have a hard time at all finding fans of any of the teams to come out and go crazy at the draft. This, in addition to L.A. continually being a huge tourist attraction. Be honest, there's an Angeleno who knows a Bills fan or a Bucs fan or even of the Jags in addition to the rest of the teams in the league.
The NFL has said it would like to have a team in Los Angeles. Angelenos have hung onto every word of the league and business men with stadium proposals for years. Still, nothing. On behalf of the city, throw us a bone. Having the draft in Los Angeles is the least the league can do as it deciphers whatever plans, if any, it has as it relates to bringing a franchise back to the city. Then the league can sit back and watch how the city soaks it up.
The NFL Draft has already become a production of epic proportions. Let's face it, the change to make the first round stand alone in primetime is a genius move. What better way to compliment that than having it on a grand stage with Hollywood as the backdrop? Just imagine the NFL and the music industry or the movie industry or all three intertwined to make the NFL Draft a show unlike any we've ever seen while keeping the integrity of the draft in tact.
Rihanna, Jay-Z, Beyoncé are just a few to have brought their acts to Staples Center. People around the world are in awe of this venue like it's the eighth wonder of the world. Remember the four playoff games in two days Staples Center held in 2012, otherwise known as "Sportsageddon?" What gets lost in translation about that epic weekend is the finish line of the Amgen Tour of California was held just outside the venue as all of the playoff madness was going on inside. Seriously, what can't this venue hold? It's home to the Grammys for crying out loud. It hosted said NHL Draft in 2010 and if the NFL Draft were to come to town it would seem like the ideal place for it. It would be like the coming together of a super team of mega production construction, or something like that.