Nashville, Tennessee, has emerged as the leading contender to host the 2019 NFL draft, league sources told ESPN on Thursday.
A decision is expected to be announced during the league’s spring meeting May 22-23 in Atlanta.
In the unlikely event that Nashville were to lose out on the 2019 draft, the city would be in prime position to then host the 2020 event, sources told ESPN.
The other cities being considered as the potential host sites for the 2019 and 2020 NFL drafts are Las Vegas, Denver, Kansas City and a combination bid from Cleveland/Canton, Ohio.
The first televised draft was broadcast by ESPN in 1980, but it wasn’t a fan event until 1995, when the league moved it to Madison Square Garden in New York.
After a nine-year run at Radio City Music Hall in New York ended in 2014, the draft has been held in Chicago (2015-16), Philadelphia (2017) and Arlington, Texas (2018).
This year’s event at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, was the first to be held inside an NFL stadium.