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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh wants the NFL draft in the city of Boston.
The NFL wants the 2015 draft in a new venue and is focusing on Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City as potential hosts.
Robert Kraft, speaking at the annual Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards, was asked about Boston hosting the draft. He told CSN New England, “That’s a decision for Mayor Walsh who has called me and said that he is very interested in it. 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.”
The Boston mayor's office released a statement saying, “The Mayor would love to see the NFL draft come to Boston. He’s a long-time Patriots season ticket holder,” Boston Globe reports.
The NFL has already sent out letters to several cities asking for more information regarding availability on April 22-25 or April 29-May 2, ability to host an NFL fan festival at an adjacent venue, and hotel availability, NFL.com reports a source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.
With Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City as the front-runners, Boston is considered a long shot.