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NFL announces host cities for 2021 and 2023 drafts

The NFL has revealed that the 2021 and 2023 drafts will be held in Cleveland and Kansas City respectively.

It has already been announced that the 2020 draft will take place in Las Vegas – ahead of the Raiders’ move to the city – while around 20 cities are reportedly in the running for the 2022 event.

Future NFL Drafts have a lot to live up to: a record 600,000 people attended this year’s event in Nashville while the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp revealed today (Wednesday) that the Draft generated a record $133m (€119m) in local direct spending and an overall economic impact of $224m.

Last year’s event in Dallas, by contrast, generated $74m in direct spending and an overall economic impact of $125m.

It was also announced that the NFL Scouting Combine will remain in Indianapolis through 2021, while certain drills will be moved to the afternoon and prime time to improve TV ratings.

Elsewhere, the NFL is reducing the number of Super Bowl commercial breaks from five to four per quarter. Divisional Round play-off games played on Sundays will now start at 3pm ET and 6.30pm ET, the same start times for the conference championship games.

The announcements were made following the annual Spring League Meeting in Key Biscayne, Florida.

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