The NFL draft is moving to May for at least one year.
The league announced on Tuesday that the 2014 draft will be held May 8-10 at Radio City Music Hall because of a scheduling conflict at the venue for the final week of April, when the draft traditionallhy has been held.
The league said it has not decided on the dates of future drafts. Last week, Commissioner Roger Goodell said last week he expected the event to permanently move to May from late April. The league is contemplating other venues for future drafts, including the possibility of holding it somewhere other than New York City.
"We haven't found the location in New York that meets our requirements and where we think we can continue to grow the event," Goodell said last week at the spring owners meeting. "If we do, that will be one of the alternatives. I think one of the things we have to do at some point is start looking at other cities."
The last time the entire draft took place in May was 1984.
“Well, we plan six months ahead of time, and that is not within the six months, so I’m not really thinking about it,” Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said on Tuesday. “I had a conversation with Ted Thompson about it last week and how he felt it was going to affect things. We’re like everybody else, we’ll adjust and really haven’t given much thought to it.”
The NFL says there will be no significant changes in the dates for other offseason events next year.
Leading to the draft, here is the schedule:
— Several Regional Combines will be held on various dates from Jan. 24 through Feb 16. Some Regional Combines may be held after the National Combine in Indianapolis.
— The National Combine in Indianapolis will be held from Feb. 18-25.
— The new League Year and the free agency period will begin on March 11.
— The Annual Meeting will be held in Orlando, Fla., on from March 23-26.
The change in the date of the draft will have no effect on when rookies may begin to report to their clubs, the dates of off-eason programs or the length of offseason programs, the league said in a release. “Clubs will have available to them the same number of practice days and no changes in the offseason calendar are being considered that would reduce the number of practice days or the overall length of the offseason program.