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NFL draft to move to May in 2014

05.22.13 at 12:10 pm ET
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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed at the NFL spring meetings in Boston on Tuesday that the NFL draft will be moved to May in 2014 due to a scheduling conflict.

Radio City Music Hall, the home for the draft, will be hosting an Easter show in April, which led to the need for the switch. Goodell emphasized that the league is happy with its experiences with Radio City Music Hall.

“We think we have found a location in New York that meets our requirements and where we think we can continue to grow the event,” he said.

Goodell said he expects the draft to remain in May and that adjustments to the NFL’€™s calendar will be discussed with the players’€™ union. There could also be adjustments made to the dates for the NFL combine and the start of free agency.

According to ESPN’€™s Adam Schefter, the changes being discussed would have the league year starting before the combine beginning in 2015. The NFLPA is looking to give free agents a chance to find new teams sooner with the change.

While Goodell can set the date of the draft without the NFLPA’€™s approval, he said he wanted to be sure that the union signed off on any changes to the league schedule or the draft to maintain league harmony.

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