Philly Probably Won’t Host 2015 NFL Draft

"We are not optimistic," official says.

The NFL Draft will expand beyond Radio City Music Hall in 2015, but officials say it probably won’t be to Philadelphia. The league has apparently narrowed its short list of new draft locations to Chicago, Los Angeles — where, ahem, no team exists — or … a different venue in New York. That’s out-of-the-box thinking.

“We are in a wait-and-see approach,” Philadelphia Sports Congress executive director Larry Needle said. “But we are not optimistic.”

Philadelphia apparently has a lack of large venues: The Kimmel Center isn’t large enough; the Susquehanna Bank Center in New Jersey holds about the right number of people, but doesn’t have enough extra space for a green room and other made-for-TV uses needed by the draft.

“We let them know we would be interested,” Needle said. “They appreciated us reaching out.” (