Browns, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission hope to land NFL Draft

2021 and future drafts could be awarded by NFL owners on Wednesday

Daryl Ruiter
May 21, 2019 - 2:36 pm

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Cleveland, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland is back on the clock.

Or at least they hope to be, come Wednesday when the NFL could potentially award the next round of NFL drafts.

Cleveland, led by the Browns and Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, is among a multitude of cities who have submitted bids to host the NFL Draft which could provide an economic impact of well over $100 million.

Over 600,000 attended this year’s draft in Nashville the NFL said.

The next available draft for the league to award is 2021.

“We continue to be excited by the prospect of hosting an NFL Draft in Cleveland and are confident in Northeast Ohio’s ability to create a special experience for fans, players, alumni and the community,” Browns senior vice president of communications Peter John-Baptiste said in a statement to 92.3 The Fan. “In partnership with the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, our leadership has remained committed to hopefully bringing this marquee event to Cleveland and will continue to pursue the opportunity with the league.”

NFL owners are meeting in Key Biscayne, Florida this week where they are expected to discuss future draft sites, and possibly award one or more.

The previous bid, which included Canton and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, for the 2019 and 2020 drafts were ultimately passed over in favor of Nashville this past year and Las Vegas next year because of the logistics involved in pulling off the event.

The new bid is centered around Cleveland and not around the Hall of Fame or Canton multiple sources told 92.3 The Fan.

“We’re proud to have partnered with the Cleveland Browns and several other local organizations to create a strong, competitive NFL Draft bid that highlights our region and celebrates our unrivaled football history as well as our rock ‘n’ roll roots,” David Gilbert, president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, said in a statement to 92.3 The Fan. “We have yet to hear whether Cleveland has been selected to host the 2021 Draft or a future NFL Draft. However, we’re confident in our city and our proposal, and feel Cleveland has a great chance at securing this event.

“We expect to hear soon if our city will be awarded a Draft.”

Cleveland has proven it can handle marquee events.

The city shined during the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The Cavaliers hosted the NBA All-Star Game in 1997 and will do so again in 2022 in a newly transformed Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The Indians, who also hosted the All-Star Game in 1997, will host baseball’s mid-summer classic again in July after renovating Progressive Field in recent years.

Cleveland has also been chosen to host the 2024 NCAA Women's Final Four, marking the second time the city and arena will host the event with the previous coming in 2007.