After a record setting weekend, the Tennessee Titans showed why Nashville should host the NFL Draft again.
I think we all knew that the 2019 NFL Draft was a success for the Tennessee Titans in many ways.
They added a lot of talent at key positions of need, they improved their national recognition and the city of Nashville drew a lot of praise for how they hosted the draft.
What I didn’t expect was for Nashville’s draft to essentially lap last year’s host (Dallas) in terms of the money they brought in.
According to the Titans website, the draft had its best year ever:
"On Wednesday, the NFL and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced this year’s NFL Draft generated a record $133 million in direct spending — a 79 percent increase over the $74 million at the 2018 Dallas event."
Yesterday proved what most people already suspected, Nashville throws some of the best parties in America. The Titans hometown is bona fide sports city whether you talk about the draft, NHL playoffs or the inevitable MLB franchise that comes to the heart of Tennessee.
So when the league released the info on the next few draft locations, something stood out.
So, you are telling me that no one has the rights to the 2022 NFL Draft? The next question the league should be asking is, “What does Nashville have scheduled for April 2022?”
Maybe the draft is just getting bigger every year, but in a year where everyone knew who the first three picks were going to be, the event still turned out to be record breaking.
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In a crazy free for all over the next two years, if the draft doesn’t hit quite the same highs does the league consider revisiting the South?
Call it recency bias or whatever you want, but it is hard to imagine that 2020 will hit these highs, especially considering that Las Vegas probably won’t be as family friendly as the draft was in Nashville.
If there is diminished returns, then Nashville and the NFL need to come together and get this done.
Taking this one step further, if that gets done then maybe the NFL decided to continue to make Nashville a staple of their offseason calendar and send the draft there every few years. Another possibility is that they could move the NFL Combine to Nashville, since they are reportedly considering moving that.
Having another draft in Nashville can only help the chances that the Tennessee Titans get more respect nationally. Say what you want, but the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets have gotten a lot of attention for teams that routinely get crushed by the New England Patriots in the AFC East.
Your national respect level is based on your marketability, not your talent level. Fans need to keep that in mind as we see these decisions play out. More eyes on Nashville means more prime time games, more big events and maybe even one day a Super Bowl.