It’s almost that time.

The time when you are starting your NFL career or trying to keep it going.

It’s camp time.

No, that camp where you canoe, make s’mores and sit by a campfire.

No telling scary stories.

Nope, not even singing Kumbaya.

It’s NFL Training Camp. Before you know it, the regular season will be here on the Thursday after Labor Day.

Time to deal with the heat, mosquitoes big enough to carry small children away, the humidity and fighting with other players just to get one spot of the 53 on an NFL roster. The playbooks you got in college? They’re puny compared to the ones in the NFL. You’ll be learning things with a new language that will sound like Greek to you.

You’ll sleep in dorms for the first time since you graduated from college and have team meetings almost every day. Remember, you’re fighting for a job and if you’re a rookie, you’ve got to prove to your team why they drafted you; if you’re a veteran, you’re proving that you want to stay on with your team.

Heat, sweat, cramps, fights. Rookies trying to prove themselves. Veterans trying to get that last roster spot so they can get a game check each week. Whether you’re the defending Super Bowl champs or that team trying to climb their way out of the bottom, it all starts in camp. This is your chance as a player to prove yourself or having a coach, equipment manager or ballboy walk up to you and say those dreadful words, “coach wants to see you and bring your playbook.” That means you’re being cut. Don’t look at it like the world has come to an end. All 32 teams watch tape and those teams that need a player that could fit into their program will say, “why did they cut him?” It’s the first step toward the Lombardi. It’s not the easy and it was never meant to be that way. It’s football and with the NFL’s 100th anniversary coming, it’s going to be a somewhat exciting summer, even if the games don’t mean that much.

Most camps and practices are open to the media and the general public. Check your team’s website for dates and times, mind your manners, bring the suncreen and bug spray. Below are the teams with the camp site and dates. If you see two dates, that means that the rookies report first and then the veteran players; if you see only one date, that means that both rookies and veterans report.

Arizona – State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona (7/17, 7/24)
Atlanta – Atlanta Falcons Training Facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia (7/18, 7/21)
Baltimore – Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Maryland (7/17, 7/24)
Buffalo – St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York (7/22, 7/24)
Carolina – Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina (7/24)
Chicago – Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois (7/22, 7/25)
Cincinnati – Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati (7/24, 7/26)
Cleveland – Cleveland Browns Training Complex in Berea, Ohio (7/24)
Dallas – Marriott Residence Inn in Oxnard, California (7/26)
Denver – University of Colorado Health Training Center in Englewood (7/17)
Detroit – Detroit Lions Training Facility in Allen Park, Michigan (7/18, 7/24
Green Bay – St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin (7/22, 7/24)
Houston – Houston Methodist Training Center in Houston, Texas (7/21, 7/24)
Indianapolis – Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana (7/21, 7/24)
Jacksonville – TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida (7/22, 7/24)
Kansas City – Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph (7/23, 7/26)
Los Angeles Chargers – Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa, California (7/24)
Los Angeles Rams – University of California, Irvine (7/24, 7/26)
Miami – Baptist Health Training Facility in Davie, Florida (7/21, 7/24)
Minnesota – TCO Performance Center in Eagan (7/22, 7/25
New York Giants – Quest Diagnostics Training Facility in East Rutherford, New Jersey (7/22, 7/24)
New York Jets – Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey (7/19, 7/24)
New England – Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts (7/21, 7/24)
New Orleans – New Orleans Saints Training Facility Metairie, Louisiana (7/18, 7/25)
Oakland – Napa Valley Marriott in Napa, California (7/23, 7/26)
Philadelphia – NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia (7/24)
Pittsburgh – Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (7/24, 7/25)
San Francisco – SAP Performance Facility in Santa Clara, California (7/26
Seattle – Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Washington (7/17, 7/24)
Tampa Bay – AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa, Florida (7/21, 7/25)
Tennessee – Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville (7/22, 7/25)
Washington – Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Virginia (7/24)

Note: The first official practice of training camp for each club at the site designated above is generally held the day after the veteran reporting date (Cincinnati will hold its first camp practice in Dayton, OH).

The National Football League announced the 2019 pre-season schedule. Games in Canada and Hawaii, along with the annual NFL/Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, highlight the 2019 preseason schedule.

In a rematch of Super Bowl II, Oakland will play Green Bay at IG Field in Winnipeg, Canada, on August 22. The Raiders, who also play Chicago in London October 6 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, will become the first NFL team to play in three nations during the same season. The defending NFC champion Los Angeles Rams will meet Dallas at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, August 17.

Two weeks earlier, on Thursday, August 1, Denver and Atlanta meet in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game, kicking off a weekend of celebrations that include the enshrinements of Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, former Denver cornerback Champ Bailey and former Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez.

Televised live at 8 p.m. on NBC, the NFL/Hall of Fame Game is the first of eight national preseason telecasts carried by NFL broadcast partners CBS, ESPN, FOX and NBC.NFL Network will also provide extensive coverage of the NFL preseason, including live or re-aired broadcasts of all 65 games.The 2019 preseason schedule was announced April 9 without dates and times, which now have been confirmed.

The complete 2019 NFL preseason schedule is listed below:

2019 NFL PRESEASON SCHEDULE (all times Eastern)

NFL/Hall of Fame Game – August 1

Thursday, August 1
ATLANTA vs. Denver, 8 p.m. (Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium; Canton, Ohio)(NBC)

Week 1 – August 8-10

Thursday, August 8
ATLANTA at Miami, 7:30 p.m.
Indianapolis at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
New York Jets at New York Giants, 7 p.m.
Jacksonville at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m.
Washington at Cleveland, 7:30 p,m.
New England at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Tennessee at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Carolina at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Houston at Green Bay, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles Chargers at Arizona, 10 p.m.
Denver at Seattle, 10 p.m.

Friday, August 9
Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Minnesota at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 10
Cincinnati at Kansas City, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles Rams at Oakland, 8:30 p.m.
Dallas at San Francisco, 9 p.m.

Week 2 – August 15-19

Thursday, August 15
New York Jets at ATLANTA, 7:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at Jacksonville, 7 p.m.
Green Bay at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m.
Cincinnati at Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Oakland at Arizona, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Friday, August 16
Buffalo at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Chicago at New York Giants, 7:30 p.m.
Miami at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 17
Cleveland at Indianapolis, 4 p.m.
New England at Tennessee, 7 p.m.
Kansas City at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Detroit at Houston, 8 p.m.
Dallas vs. Los Angeles Rams in Honolulu, 10 p.m.

Sunday, August 18
New Orleans at Los Angeles Chargers, 4 p.m. (CBS)
Seattle at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (FOX)

Monday, August 19
San Francisco at Denver, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 3 – August 22-25

Thursday, August 22
Washington at ATLANTA, 7:30 p.m.
New York Giants at Cincinnati, 7 p.m.
Carolina at New England, 7:30 p.m.
Baltimore at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Jacksonville at Miami, 8 p.m. (FOX)
Green Bay vs. Oakland, 8 p.m. (IG Field; Winnipeg, Manitoba)

Friday, August 23
Cleveland at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Buffalo at Detroit, 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 24
Arizona at Minnesota, 1 p.m.
Houston at Dallas, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Indianapolis, 7 p.m.

New Orleans at New York Jets, 7:30 p.m.
San Francisco at Kansas City, 8 p.m.
Denver at Los Angeles Rams, 9 p.m.
Seattle at Los Angeles Chargers, 10 p.m.

Sunday, August 25
Pittsburgh at Tennessee, 8 p.m. (NBC)

Week 4 – August 29

Thursday, August 29
ATLANTA at Jacksonville, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Indianapolis at Cincinnati, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at New York Jets, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.
New York Giants at New England, 7:30 p.m.
Baltimore at Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Tennessee at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Kansas City at Green Bay, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles Rams at Houston, 8 p.m.
Miami at New Orleans, 8 p.m.
Arizona at Denver, 9 p.m.
Los Angeles Chargers at San Francisco, 10 p.m.
Oakland at Seattle, 10 p.m.

The National Football League annoucned that the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos will kick off the National Football League’s 100th season in the city where the league was born. The Falcons and Broncos are scheduled to face each other in the 2019 Hall of Fame Game on Thursday, August 1 at 8 p.m. Eastern in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, adjacent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

HOF GAME SERIES

ATLANTA FALCONS (1-2)
1969 – vs. Green Bay (L, 24-38)
1981 – vs. Cleveland (L, 10-24)
1994 – vs. San Diego Chargers (W, 21-17)

DENVER BRONCOS (1-2)
1976 – vs. Detroit (W, 10-7)
1991 – vs. Detroit (L, 3-14)
2004 – vs. Washington (L, 17-20)

The game marks the fourth appearance by each club in the annual preseason classic. Both teams own 1-2 records in the Hall of Fame Game series. Broncos owner Pat Bowen and cornerback Champ Bailey and former Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame two days later. The other members of the Class of 2019 include Gil Brandt, Ty Law, Kevin Mawae, Ed Reed and Johnny Robinson. The Class of 2019 Enshrinement Ceremony is set for Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

Tickets for the 2019 Hall of Fame Game and the Enshrinement Ceremony went on sale today and can be ordered online at http://www.profootballhof.com/tickets

“We are fired up to kick off the NFL’s 100th season in the Hall of Fame Game,” Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. “We are honored to play in Canton and be a part of the celebration for all of the inductees. This is also an opportunity for us to strengthen our connection and our brotherhood with additional time on the field.”

Broncos coach Vic Fangio commented, “With Mr. Bowlen and Champ Bailey part of this year’s induction class, it’s an honor for the Broncos to play in the Hall of Fame Game. We’re looking forward to seeing a lot of Broncos fans in Canton, and it’s also special for us to help kick off the NFL’s 100th season. Football-wise, it gives our team an extra week of training camp and additional practices that we’ll use to our advantage,” he told KUSA-TV and the Rocky Mountain News.

The 2019 Hall of Fame Game will be televised nationally by NBC and called by the Sunday Night Football team and broadcast nationally on radio by Westwood One.

Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, a key component of Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village that is underway around the Hall’s campus, was labeled as among “13 Game-Changing NFL Stadiums” by Forbes.

2019 PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME ENSHRINEMENT WEEK POWERED BY JOHNSON CONTROLS: The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls, a multi-day celebration of the enshrinement of the newest Hall of Fame Class, is held each year in Canton. The ceremony is nationally televised by NFL Network and ESPN.

The 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls kicks off the NFL’s 100th season with the annual Hall of Fame Game between Atlanta and Denver on Thursday, August 1. Other major events complementing the Enshrinement Ceremony and Hall of Fame Game are the nationally televised (NFL Network) Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner on Friday, August 2 and the Enshrinees Roundtable on Sunday, August 4. The celebration in Canton wraps up on Sunday night with the Concert for Legends featuring Imagine Dragons.

The week’s events are part of the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival that now includes more than 18 diverse events enjoyed by more than 700,000 fans and millions more through television broadcasts.

More than 130 Gold Jackets (living Hall of Famers) return to the Hall of Fame each year to be a part of the Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls. Nowhere else are fans able to see and interact with as many Hall of Famers in one place at one time as in Canton during the annual celebration.

2019 ENSHRINEMENT WEEK POWERED BY JOHNSON CONTROLS OFFICIAL TICKET PACKAGES: Official ticket packages for the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls are on sale now at http://www.hofexperiences.com/ or by calling 844-751-0532. A variety of ticket packages, starting at $299, provide fans with VIP experiences, premium seating and parties with Hall of Famers. Packages range from event day offerings to four-day experiences that include a multitude of exclusive extras.

Fans can also sign up to receive information and updates about tickets by going to http://www.profootballhof.com/newsletter or by following the Hall on social media @ProFootballHOF on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.

ABOUT THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME: Located in Canton, Ohio, the birthplace of the National Football League, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit institution with the Mission to Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values and Celebrate Excellence EVERYWHERE.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. AAM accreditation is national recognition for the museum’s commitment to excellence and the highest professional standards of museum operation and public service.

Hundreds of thousands of fans from across the globe travel to Canton annually to experience “The Most Inspiring Place on Earth!” that chronicles America’s most popular sport. The Pro Football Hall of Fame, also voted Top Tourist Attraction in Ohio, was named the Best Attraction for Sports Fans in the USA TODAY 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest.

Construction on Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, an $889 million development project that includes 10 main components, is under way in Canton to transform the Hall of Fame’s campus.

The National Football League and NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell announced that the 85th NFL Draft will take place on April 23-25, 2020 in Las Vegas on and around the iconic Las Vegas Strip. The announcement was made in Dallas at the NFL’s December meeting following a review of the proposal by the Super Bowl and Major Events Committee and full ownership. This is the result of a comprehensive evaluation process over the past several months of plans submitted by various cities to host the 2020 NFL Draft.

“The NFL Draft is one of the most-anticipated events of the year and we are excited to take it to Las Vegas,” Commissioner Goodell told the Las Vegas Sun and USA Today. “We look forward to working with the Raiders, Las Vegas officials and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to create an unforgettable week-long celebration of football for our fans, the incoming prospects and partners.”

As part of the event, the NFL Draft Experience – a massive free football festival – will enable fans of all teams to participate and test their football skills, enjoy interactive exhibits and autograph sessions, and take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy. “The Raiders are very excited for Las Vegas and are proud to help host the 2020 NFL Draft,” said Raiders owner Mark Davis. “Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world and will provide a tremendous experience for the NFL and its fans.”

“We’re thrilled to be selected for this special event and cannot wait to show the NFL and the world a true Las Vegas experience for the draft,” said Steve Hill, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). “The eyes of football fans from around the world will be on Las Vegas in 2020, and our resort partners on the Las Vegas Strip will ensure the draft is as entertaining as our destination.”

The NFL Draft has grown into one of the biggest and most-anticipated sporting events of the year. The 2018 event set a record as the highest-rated and most-watched Draft ever, eclipsing the previous record set in 2014.

The 2018 Draft marked the first time that the entirety of the event was aired on broadcast television, which helped attract more than 45 million total viewers over the three days of coverage. The event also created tremendous fan engagement across social platforms with the 2018 NFL Draft being the second-most talked about sports event of the year so far, behind only Super Bowl LII.

DRAFT LOCATION HISTORY

Years: Hotel and City
1936: Ritz-Carlton in Philadelphia
1937: Hotel Lincoln in New York City
1938: Hotel Sherman in Chicago
1939: Hotel New Yorker in New York City
1940: Schroeder Hotel in Milwaukee
1941: Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C.
1942-44: Palmer House in Chicago
1945-47: Hotel Commodore in New York City
1948: Hotel Fort Pitt in Pittsburgh
1949-50: Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia
1951: Blackstone Hotel in Chicago
1952: Hotel Statler in New York City
1953-54: Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia
1955: Warwick Hotel in New York City
1956: Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia (Rounds 1-3); Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles (Rounds 4-30)
1957: Warwick Hotel in Philadelphia (Rounds 1-4), Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia (Rounds 5-30)
1958-61 Warwick Hotel in Philadelphia
1962-64 Sheraton Hotel in Chicago
1965-66: Summit Hote in New York City
1967: Hotel Gotham in New York City
1968-71: Belmont Plaza Hotel New York City
1972: Essex House in New York City
1973-74: Americana Hotel in New York City
1975: Hilton Hotel in New York City
1976-78: Roosevelt Hotel in New York City
1979: Waldorf in New York City
1980-83: Sheraton Hotel in New York City
1984-85: Omni Park Central Hotel in New York City
1986-94: Marriott Marquis in New York City
1995-2004: Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City
2005: Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City
2006-2014: Radio City Music Hall inNew York City
2015-16: Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University in Chicago
2017: Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia
2018: AT&T Stadium in Dallas
2019: Downtown Nashville (Site TBA)
2020: Las Vegas (Site TBA)
2021: Downtown Cleveland, Cleveland
2022: TBD, TBD
2023: Downtown Kansas City, Kansas City

Get that BBQ ready, Chiefs fans! Everything’s going to be up to date for you.

The National Football League announced that the 2023 NFL Draft will take place in Kansas City in the iconic area around
Union Station and the National World War I Museum and Memorial and will bring together fans to celebrate one of the most-anticipated sports events of the year.

The announcement was made at the annual Spring League Meeting in Key Biscayne, FL following a review of the proposal by the Super Bowl and Major Events Advisory Committee and full ownership.

“We are excited to work with the Kansas City Chiefs, the City of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Sports Commission to showcase the area for a week-long celebration of football that will be watched by millions of fans,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told USA Today. “We know Chiefs fans will come out to celebrate along with thousands of fans from teams around the country for an incredible experience as we welcome the next generation of NFL players.”

As part of the event, the NFL Draft Experience – a massive free football festival – will allow fans of all teams to participate and test their football skills, enjoy interactive exhibits and autograph sessions and take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The Draft Experience will be open all three days of the event.

“This is a historic day for Kansas City and Chiefs Kingdom, and we are thrilled to be named the host city for the 2023 NFL Draft. Today’s announcement would not have been possible without the tireless work of Kathy Nelson, the Kansas City Sports Commission and the Kansas City civic community. It was a tremendous team effort and we look forward to continuing to work together to showcase Kansas City on the national stage in 2023. Chiefs Kingdom is home to the most passionate fans in the world, and I know they will make Kansas City proud as the host of one of the NFL’s premiere events.”

“Kansas City and Chiefs Kingdom are thrilled to have been selected by the NFL to host this prestigious event,” says Kathy Nelson, President and CEO of the Kansas City Sports Commission. “Hometown pride runs deep in the Midwest. We are excited to show the world our unparalleled passion for sports – especially our passion for professional football. Fans from every corner of the country should look forward to experiencing Kansas City’s hospitality, our vibrant food scene, innovative neighborhoods, historic attractions and a whole lot of fun in 2023. Thank you to our city leaders, our community partners and the Kansas City Chiefs for the collaborative effort in attracting the NFL Draft to our region.”

The NFL Draft has become one of the biggest and most-anticipated sporting events of the year. The 2019 Draft reached new heights and record numbers as the highest-rated and most-watched Draft ever, eclipsing previous records set in 2018. The 2019 Draft was broadcast over three days and attracted more than 47.5 million total viewers and over 600,000 in attendance. The NFL Draft achieved a combined 3.9 HH rating and average of 6.1 million viewers across the broadest distribution including NFL Network, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, as well as NFL and ESPN digital and social properties.

NFL DRAFT LOCATION HISTORY

Draft: Location, City
1936: Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia
1937: Hotel Lincoln, New York City
1938: Hotel Sherman, Chicago
1939: Hotel New Yorker, New York
1940; Schroeder Hotel, Milwaukee
1941: Willard Hotel, Washington, D.C.
1942-44: Palmer House, Chicago
1945-47: Hotel Commodore, New York City
1948: Hotel Fort Pitt, Pittsburgh
1949-50: Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, Philadelphia
1951: Blackstone Hotel, Chicago
1952L Hotel Statler, New York City
1953-54: Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, Philadelphia
1955: Warwick Hotel, New York City
1956: Bellevue-Stratford Hotel (Rounds 1-3), Philadelphia; Ambassador Hotel (Rounds 4-30), Los Angeles
1957: Warwick Hotel (Rounds 1-4), Philadelphia; Bellevue-Stratford Hotel (Rounds 5-30), Philadelphia
1958-61: Warwick Hotel, Philadelphia
1962-64: Sheraton Hotel, Chicago
1965-66: Summit Hotel, New York City
1967: Hotel Gotham, New York City
1968-71: Belmont Plaza Hotel, New York City
1972: Essex House, New York City
1973-74: Americana Hotel, New York City
1975: Hilton Hotel, New York City
1976-78: Roosevelt Hotel, New York City
1979: Waldorf, New York City
1980-83: Sheraton Hotel, New York City
1984-85: Omni Park Central Hotel, New York City
1986-94: Marriott Marquis, New York City
1995-2004: Theatre at Madison Square Garden, New York City
2005: Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City
2006-2014: Radio City Music Hall, New York City
2015-2016: Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University/Grant Park, Chicago
2017: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
2018: AT&T Stadium, Dallas
2019: Downtown Nashville, Nashville
2020: Las Vegas Boulevard and Surrounding Areas, Las Vegas
2021: Downtown Cleveland, Cleveland
2022: TBD, TBD
2023: Downtown Kansas City, Kansas City

The National Football League announced they have selected Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ: CZR) as the first ever Official Casino Sponsor of the NFL.

Beginning with the upcoming 2019 NFL playoffs, this multi-year sponsorship is focused on Caesars providing unique experiences for NFL fans by using its casino properties, celebrity chefs, premier music artists and a wide range of entertainment elements.

Caesars will have the exclusive right to use NFL trademarks in the United States and the United Kingdom to promote Caesars casino properties and activate at key NFL events including the Super Bowl and NFL Draft.

“We couldn’t be more excited to work with one of the world’s largest gaming and entertainment companies,” Renie Anderson, Senior Vice President, NFL Partnerships, Sponsorship and Consumer Products told the Las Vegas Sun, ESPN and USA Today. “Combining the NFL with Caesars’ expertise in world class entertainment will provide our fans unique experiences both here in the United States and abroad.”

“All of us at Caesars Entertainment are thrilled to be the first-ever casino partner of the NFL, the most prominent sports league in North America,” said Mark Frissora, President and CEO of Caesars Entertainment. “Combining the league’s 180 million fans with our 55 million Total Rewards loyalty program members will expose millions of people to the exclusive and exciting year-round opportunities at our properties.”

Seven NFL Clubs have relationships with Caesars Entertainment, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Oakland and Philadelphia. These partnerships along with the new League deal are for the Casino category only and do not include sports betting, daily fantasy or hotels/resorts.

Caesars, alongside other properties on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, will host elements of the 2020 Draft in coordination with the City of Las Vegas to help create this historic event.

About Caesars Entertainment Corporation: Caesars Entertainment is the world’s most diversified casino-entertainment provider and the most geographically diverse U.S. casino-entertainment company.

Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, in 1937, Caesars Entertainment has grown through development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions. Caesars Entertainment’s resorts operate primarily under the Caesars®, Harrah’s® and Horseshoe® brand names. Caesars Entertainment’s portfolio also includes the Caesars Entertainment UK family of casinos. Caesars Entertainment is focused on building loyalty and value with its guests through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership. Caesars Entertainment is committed to environmental sustainability and energy conservation and recognizes the importance of being a responsible steward of the environment. For more information, please visit, visit http://www.caesars.com/corporate.

The NFL announced that the 86th NFL Draft will take place in Cleveland in 2021 and will bring fans together for free celebrations at iconic downtown locations around FirstEnergy Stadium, including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, as well as on the shore of Lake Erie.

The announcement was made today at the annual Spring League Meeting in Key Biscayne, Fla. following a review of the proposal by the Super Bowl & Major Events Advisory Committee and full ownership.

“Cleveland has a passionate fan base and the city offers distinctive iconic locations and attractions that will bring the NFL Draft experience to fans in unique and exciting ways,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “We look forward to collaborating with the Cleveland Browns, the City of Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Destination Cleveland to celebrate the achievements of the next generation of players and create a memorable fan experience.”

As part of the event, the free NFL Draft Experience – a massive free football festival – will enable fans of all teams to participate and test their football skills, enjoy interactive exhibits and autograph sessions, and take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The Draft Experience will be open all three days of the event.

“We are incredibly honored to be able to showcase the City of Cleveland and the passion of Browns fans through the unique international platform the NFL Draft provides,” said Dee and Jimmy Haslam. “This is an exceptional opportunity for Northeast Ohio that even extends beyond football, and we look forward to continuing the work ahead with Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, the City of Cleveland, Destination Cleveland and the NFL to ensure that the 2021 NFL Draft is truly memorable for Northeast Ohio and football fans across the world.”

“The City of Cleveland welcomes the 2021 National Football League Draft,” said Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “We are home to the Cleveland Browns and well-known as a city with passionate sports fans. Visitors will find Cleveland has an unmatched ability to provide Midwestern warmth and hospitality coupled with the amenities found in other major cities. We look forward to hosting the Draft and once again showcasing Cleveland’s ability to organize successful, world-class events.”

“Cleveland is honored to be selected as the host city for the 2021 NFL Draft and we are excited to once again show the world that this city can set a standard for hosting some of the world’s largest events,” David Gilbert, President and CEO of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission told the Cleveland Plain Dealer and USA Today. “This event will provide international media exposure and has proven to provide more than $100 million in economic impact to the host city. We look forward to showing NFL fans across the nation how Cleveland throws a party. Being awarded the 2021 NFL Draft wouldn’t have been possible without the unwavering commitment of the Cleveland Browns, the support of the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, the State of Ohio and so many others who helped make this a reality. As Cleveland continues to shine in the national spotlight with the unique opportunity to host four major sporting events over the next six years, including the Draft, we are proud of this achievement which few destinations are able to accomplish.”

The NFL Draft has become one of the biggest and most-anticipated sporting events of the year. The 2019 Draft reached new heights and record numbers as the highest-rated and most-watched Draft ever, eclipsing previous records set in 2018. The 2019 Draft was broadcast over three days and attracted more than 47.5 million total viewers and over 600,000 in attendance. The NFL Draft achieved a combined 3.9 HH rating and average of 6.1 million viewers across the broadest distribution including NFL Network, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, as well as NFL and ESPN digital and social properties.

The 2020 NFL Draft will be held in Las Vegas.

NFL DRAFT LOCATION HISTORY

Draft: Location, City
1936: Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia
1937: Hotel Lincoln, New York City
1938: Hotel Sherman, Chicago
1939: Hotel New Yorker, New York
1940; Schroeder Hotel, Milwaukee
1941: Willard Hotel, Washington, D.C.
1942-44: Palmer House, Chicago
1945-47: Hotel Commodore, New York City
1948: Hotel Fort Pitt, Pittsburgh
1949-50: Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, Philadelphia
1951: Blackstone Hotel, Chicago
1952L Hotel Statler, New York City
1953-54: Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, Philadelphia
1955: Warwick Hotel, New York City
1956: Bellevue-Stratford Hotel (Rounds 1-3), Philadelphia; Ambassador Hotel (Rounds 4-30), Los Angeles
1957: Warwick Hotel (Rounds 1-4), Philadelphia; Bellevue-Stratford Hotel (Rounds 5-30), Philadelphia
1958-61: Warwick Hotel, Philadelphia
1962-64: Sheraton Hotel, Chicago
1965-66: Summit Hotel, New York City
1967: Hotel Gotham, New York City
1968-71: Belmont Plaza Hotel, New York City
1972: Essex House, New York City
1973-74: Americana Hotel, New York City
1975: Hilton Hotel, New York City
1976-78: Roosevelt Hotel, New York City
1979: Waldorf, New York City
1980-83: Sheraton Hotel, New York City
1984-85: Omni Park Central Hotel, New York City
1986-94: Marriott Marquis, New York City
1995-2004: Theatre at Madison Square Garden, New York City
2005: Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City
2006-2014: Radio City Music Hall, New York City
2015-2016: Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University/Grant Park, Chicago
2017: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
2018: AT&T Stadium, Dallas
2019: Downtown Nashville, Nashville
2020: Las Vegas Boulevard and Surrounding Areas, Las Vegas
2021: Downtown Cleveland, Cleveland
2022: TBD, TBD
2023: Downtown Kansas City, Kansas City