If the Green Bay Packers get what they want, the NFL Draft could be making a move to Wisconsin in the very near future.
During a meeting with team shareholders on Thursday, Packers president Mark Murphy revealed that the team has applied to host the draft in 2019, 2020 0r 2021.
"We think it'd be great for the league to have the draft here and celebrate the smallest market in the NFL," Murphy said, via ESPN.com.
Since its inception, the draft has generally been held in a large metropolitan area. The event was held in New York City from November 1964 thru 2014, before being moved to Chicago in 2015. Murphy conceded that Green Bay might be a longshot to host the draft, and that it would depend "on what the priorities are for the league."
The Packers have no interest in hosting the 2017 draft, which is likely to go to Philadelphia, according to Murphy.
If the Packers are going to host in 2019, 2020 or 2021, they're going to have to beat out some stiff competition. According to NFL.com, Atlanta, Chicago, Canton (Ohio), Dallas, Denver, Jacksonville, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh would also like to host the event at some point.
Both Canton and Denver have made it know that they'd like to host the 2019 or 2020 draft. There's also a good chance Los Angeles will land a draft once the Rams' new stadium is completed in 2019.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank has also gone on record saying he'd like to see the NFL award hosting duties to his new stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2017.
No matter what happens, the big winner here is the NFL. With so many cities bidding on the draft, the league will be able to take the best offer, which will likely be big profits.