Browns, Cleveland and Canton lose bid for 2020 NFL Draft

NFL awards 2020 Draft to Las Vegas, Browns hopeful to land future draft

Daryl Ruiter
December 12, 2018 - 3:34 pm

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The NFL Draft is not coming to Cleveland or Canton.

The league has awarded the 2020 Draft to the city of Las Vegas on Wednesday. The 2019 Draft was awarded to Nashville earlier this year.

"The NFL Draft is one of the most-anticipated events of the year and we are excited to take it to Las Vegas," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said. "We look forward to working with the Raiders, Las Vegas officials and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to create an unforgettable week-long celebration of football for our fans, the incoming prospects and partners."

The Browns partnered with the Greater Cleveland Sports commission, Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton and the city of Cleveland to try and lure the event.

"We remain committed to hosting an NFL Draft in Northeast Ohio and will continue to work closely with the NFL to identify the ideal opportunity for our fans, our city and the league," a team spokesperson said in a statement. "There are many teams and cities across the NFL who are capable of creating an exceptional draft experience for fans, including the Titans and Raiders, and we are still hopeful we may ultimately share that honor in the future."

Kansas City and Denver also were finalists to host the 2020 Draft.

The NFL has made the draft a traveling event since 2015.

Chicago hosted for 2 years followed by Philadelphia in 2017 and Dallas this past April.

The Browns and Pro Football Hall of Fame had hoped they could land the draft in 2019 to celebrate the NFL’s centennial celebration and 2020 for the 100th anniversary of the league.