Northeast Ohio one step closer to hosting the 2019 or 2020 NFL draft

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Browns announced Thursday afternoon that the Cleveland / Canton area has been selected as a finalist to host the NFL draft in the coming years.

The draft could come to Northeast Ohio as soon as 2019 or 2020.

The four other finalists are Denver, Kansas City, Nashville and Las Vegas.

The Browns, Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission partnered together to submit a bid to bring the event to local fans.

The winner will be selected in May at a NFL league meeting.

“We believe that Northeast Ohio is the perfect place to host the NFL Draft,” said Greater Cleveland Sports Commission President & CEO David Gilbert. “We can showcase the strength of our unique football history with the Cleveland Browns and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and we have proven time and time again that Greater Cleveland Sports Commission can align community partners to successfully host large-scale sporting events.”

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