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Public NFL Draft Events In Las Vegas Canceled

A detail of the empty stage prior to the start of the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The National Football League announced that they have canceled all public events for the upcoming NFL Draft in Las Vegas due to concerns with the coronavirus also known as COVID-19.

The league will still hold the Draft on April 23-25 but they will modify the plans.

The NFL released a statement on Monday.

“In consideration of current information related to COVID-19 and guidance from medical experts such as the CDC, and in coordination with public authorities in Nevada and the City of Las Vegas, the NFL will modify plans for the 2020 NFL Draft, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced.”

“The clubs’ selection of players will proceed as scheduled April 23-25. The NFL is exploring innovative options for how the process will be conducted and will provide that information as it becomes available. The selection process will be televised.”

“Public NFL Draft events in Las Vegas will not take place.”

“This decision reflects our foremost priority – the health and safety of all fans and citizens,” said Commissioner Goodell. “While this outcome is disappointing both to the NFL and to the Las Vegas community, we look forward to partnering with the Raiders, the City of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for a future NFL Draft as well as evaluating opportunities for other major NFL events in Las Vegas in the future, including the Super Bowl.”

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