He added that the league was evaluating the event and wanted to build it up in the right way.
So, in contrast to the Super Bowl, bidding to stage the draft is a yearly event for now; every Super Bowl through 2021 has already been awarded. Potential bidders have been told to consider hosting a draft sometime in the next five years.
O’Reilly said it took about 10 months to plan and put together the event.
Representatives of the cities observing the draft this week said they were definitely interested.
“Absolutely,” said Mike Waterman, president of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, who attended this week’s event. “We had a truly amazing experience with the N.F.L. this past February as host city to Super Bowl 51.”
The league is seeking cities that can turn the event into a showcase that essentially takes over a city, as it did in Chicago and…