Future host cities of the NFL Draft have a tough act to follow after the job Philadelphia did in 2017. From the excitement of the fans to the outdoor venue, everything was just about perfect.
In fact, Philadelphia did such a good job that the city should have the right to host the event again next year if they want to. However, there’s a slim chance of that happening.
Naturally, speculation as to where the 2018 NFL Draft will be held has already started, with Dallas the front-runner. Owner Jerry Jones has the perfect venue between AT&T Stadiudm and The Star, the team’s practice facility, to potentially outdo the City of Brotherly Love.
That said, a proposed controversial law that requires individuals to use the bathroom that matches the gender on their birth certificate could derail Dallas’ chances of landing the event. The NFL made its position clear on how it will react to a specific state’s laws and policy, especially if it’s determined to be discriminatory by the NFL.
“If a proposal that is discriminatory or inconsistent with our values were to become law there, that would certainly be a factor considered when thinking about awarding future events.”
The NFL issued its statement in response to future Super Bowls in Houston because of the same proposed legislation regarding gender identity and bathrooms.
Dallas is one of many NFL cities that want the NFL Draft in 2018. An event that was once monoplized by New York has now become one of the hottest tickets in all of sports. No announcement has been made as to when the NFL will select next year’s draft host.
The Texas legislature will debate the bathroom law beginning July 18. It’s unclear how long the legislative process will take, and whether the NFL will be patient enough to wait.