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Does Cincinnati have a shot at hosting the NFL Draft?

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Published on April 25, 2019 - Duration: 02:05s

Does Cincinnati have a shot at hosting the NFL Draft?

The quest Butch Spyridon began in 2011 was as optimistic as it was impossible: Convince the NFL Draft, traditionally held in New York City, Chicago or Philadelphia, to abandon those cities and come to one less than half their size.

Nashville, where he was president of the convention and visitors corporation, would be perfect.

And he succeeded.

Could Cincinnati have a shot, too?

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Does Cincinnati have a shot at hosting the NFL Draft?

NOW AT 11.MUSIC CITY --TRANSFORMED INTO FOOTBALLHEADQUARTERS.THOUSANDS OFFANS, EXPERTS, PLAYERS ANDCOACHES ARE IN NASHVILLE FORTHE N-F-L DRAFT.DRAFT.THE FESTIVITIES KICK OFFTOMORROW NIGHT... HERE ON WCPO.9 ON YOUR SIDE'S JAKE RYLEFOUND OUT HOW NASHVILLEPREPARED FOR THE CROWDS - ANDWHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO GET THEDRAFT HERE IN CINCINNATI."You can feel the excitementhere from fans..

Across theNFL.

Nashville is expecting300-thousand people to comedowntown over the next threedays.

It begs the question -could Cincinnati hostsomething like this?"this?""I think it's the biggestevent the state has everhosted."THIS STARTED EIGHTYEARS AGO..

AS A DREAM OFBUTCH SPYRIDON'S..

THEPRESIDENT OF THE NASHVILLECONVENTION AND VISITORSCORPORATION..WHEN HE CALLEDAND VISITED THE NFL.NFL."We said you should move thedraft to Nashville.

If theycould've thrown me out oftheir high rise in Manhattanwe would have.

We stayed afterit.

Once a year.

From 2011, totoday.

We were in their face."SO WHAT BROUGHT THE NFL DRAFTHERE?HE SAYS THE HOSTING CITYNEEDS EXPERIENCE AND SUCCESS..WITH BIG EVENTS..THE CITY HASTO HAVE THE FINANCIALCAPABILITY.

NASHVILLE FORKEDOVER 3 MILLION..

AND ANOTHERTWO MILLION CAME FROM PRIVATEDOLLARS.BUT ONE OF THE BIGGESTATTRIBUTES TO HOSTING THEEVENT..

IT NEEDS TO BE UNIQUE..FOR NASHVILLE..

IT'S OBVIOUS.THE MUSIC..

THE NEON LIGHTS..IT JUST HAS A BIG CITY FEEL.AND IF CINCINNATI WANTS TOHOST IN THE FUTURE..

SPYRIDONSAYS THAT'S WHERE THE QUEENCITY WILL NEED TO START.START., "Find your unique callingcard.

And be intentionallypersistent.

It's there for thetaking.

It's not easy.

It'snot for the faint of heart.It's fun, and the payoff ishuge if you do it right."right.""He tells me they're expectinga 75 million dollar economicimpact here.

A good return oninvestment.

But he says itdidn't happen overnight.

InNashville, Jake Ryle, 9 onyour side"

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