If you thought being drafted for fifth grade kickball was bad, try being a candidate for the NFL Draft where millions of people are watching and there's a boatload of cash on the line.
On second thought, kickball sounds like child’s play,
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Five things to know about the NFL (National Football League) Draft
- The NFL Draft takes place over the course of three days, beginning tomorrow evening. This year’s draft is in Philadelphia, PA and will draw roughly 200,000 visitors with an expected economic impact of about $80 million for the City of Brotherly Love.
- The draft was held exclusively in New York from 1956 – 2014. The NFL felt the need to expand their horizons and in 2015 and 2016 hosted the draft in Chicago. Moving forward the location will rotate annually.
- Draft candidates must be three years removed from high school. The Cleveland Browns have the first pick of the aforementioned candidates because they were the worst team in football last year.
- In an unprecedented move, projected #1 draft pick from Texas A&M, Myles Garrett, will not be attending the actual draft ceremony. He chose to stay home to celebrate with family and friends.
- This year the Baltimore Ravens will grant the wish of a Make-A-Wish child. Instead of commissioner Roger Goodell making the announcement, TJ Onwuanibe will read the name of the Ravens first round pick.
- Curious when and where you can catch the draft? Here you go.
- Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., 42, announced he will retire at the completion of the NASCAR season (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing). He cited health concerns after missing the majority of last season with concussion-like symptoms.
- A group spearheaded by former New York Yankee Derek Jeter (MLB - Major League Baseball) and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush won the bid to buy the Miami Marlins (MLB) for a reported $1.3 billion. Jeb isn't the first Bush to own a baseball team. Find out more.
- The State of Oklahoma passed a bill to “allow its universities to sue sports boosters and agents who expose the schools to NCAA sanctions.” A sanction is a penalty divvied out by the governing body of college sports (NCAA) when their rules are broken. Sanctions can range from loss of scholarships to the “death penalty” – the cancellation of the sporting program (like SMU football – Southern Methodist University).