Cleveland Browns: Cleveland or Canton great places for the NFL Draft

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The Cleveland Browns are looking to bring the NFL Draft to Northeast Ohio in either 2019 or 2020, and the area is a perfect fit for the event.

Now that the NFL Draft is rightfully being held all over the country, it is about time the event comes back to the place where football has its earliest roots.

That is why it was nice to see the Cleveland Browns team up with the Pro Football Hall of Fame to place a bid to host the event in 2019 or 2020.

An article on explains the details:

"The Cleveland Browns, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission have partnered to submit a bid to host the annual event in either 2019 or 2020. The 2019 draft would mark an opportunity to celebrate the league’s 100th season, or its centennial in 2020. The league was formed in Canton, Ohio, home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, on Aug. 20, 1920."

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Bringing the event to Northeast Ohio in either 2019 or 2020 would be great PR for the NFL with the historical implications explained in that article, and it would also give one of the most loyal fanbases in the league a chance to have such a fun event held so close to home.

Based on recent drafts, the NFL would likely find a way to have events happening in both Cleveland and Canton, although both cities are close enough that splitting up certain activities wouldn’t be too big of a deal.

The city of Cleveland is already hosting the 2019 MLB All-Star Game, so getting the NFL Draft would be the latest step in getting national sporting events back to being played in Cleveland.

Perhaps a Super Bowl will be here one day? Not likely, but it is possible if the stadium ever gets a roof. Those are cheap, right?

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Anyway, 2019 and 2020 could be years in which the Browns are once again a competitive football team, and if that is the case it sure would be nice to go attend a draft in which the future of the franchise isn’t on the line.