Browns, Cleveland and Canton hoping to host NFL draft


FILE - In this April 27, 2017, file photo, fans cheer after Texas A&M's Myles Garrett was selected with the number one overall pick by the Cleveland Browns during the first round of the 2017 NFL football draft, in Philadelphia. Cleveland’s recent success in hosting major events has the Browns hopeful they will be awarded an upcoming NFL draft. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

FILE - In this April 27, 2017, file photo, fans cheer after Texas A&M's Myles Garrett was selected with the number one overall pick by the Cleveland Browns during the first round of the 2017 NFL football draft, in Philadelphia. Cleveland’s recent success in hosting major events has the Browns hopeful they will be awarded an upcoming NFL draft. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)


FILE - In this July 19, 2016, file photo, delegates fill the floor during the second day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Cleveland’s recent success in hosting major events has the Browns hopeful they will be awarded an upcoming NFL draft. In partnership with the city’s sports commission and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, the team submitted a joint bid to host either the 2019 or 2020 drafts. Dan Gilbert, president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, said the city’s ability to host the 2016 Republican National Convention impressed the NFL, which has been rotating draft sites. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)


FILE - In this July 26, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers chairman Dan Gilbert gestures during a press conference in Independence, Ohio. Cleveland’s recent success in hosting major events has the Browns hopeful they will be awarded an upcoming NFL draft. Dan Gilbert, president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, said the city’s ability to host the 2016 Republican National Convention impressed the NFL, which has been rotating draft sites. (AP Photo/Phil Long, FIle)


BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland’s recent success in hosting major events has the Browns hopeful they will be awarded an NFL draft.

In partnership with the city’s sports commission and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, the team submitted a joint bid to host either the 2019 or 2020 draft. The league is expected to announce its choice next month during its spring meetings in Atlanta.

The main selling point for the Cleveland/Canton group is the area’s rich football history. The NFL was founded in Canton in 1920, and the group’s theme in enticing the league is “Bring It Home.”

In addition to Cleveland and Canton, the other four finalists for the draft are Las Vegas; Nashville, Tennessee; Kansas City, Missouri; and Denver.

David Gilbert, president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, says the city’s hosting of the 2016 Republican National Convention impressed the NFL, which has been rotating draft sites.

This year’s draft is in Arlington, Texas.

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This story has been corrected to show that the first name of the president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission is David, not Dan, Gilbert.

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FILE – In this April 27, 2017, file photo, fans cheer after Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett was selected with the number one overall pick by the Cleveland Browns during the first round of the 2017 NFL football draft, in Philadelphia. Cleveland’s recent success in hosting major events has the Browns hopeful they will be awarded an upcoming NFL draft. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/04/web1_120361707-ba37671a8fbc49e892f27c05b8e581ed.jpgFILE – In this April 27, 2017, file photo, fans cheer after Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett was selected with the number one overall pick by the Cleveland Browns during the first round of the 2017 NFL football draft, in Philadelphia. Cleveland’s recent success in hosting major events has the Browns hopeful they will be awarded an upcoming NFL draft. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

FILE – In this July 19, 2016, file photo, delegates fill the floor during the second day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Cleveland’s recent success in hosting major events has the Browns hopeful they will be awarded an upcoming NFL draft. In partnership with the city’s sports commission and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, the team submitted a joint bid to host either the 2019 or 2020 drafts. Dan Gilbert, president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, said the city’s ability to host the 2016 Republican National Convention impressed the NFL, which has been rotating draft sites. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/04/web1_120361707-3d0c65aa29294520b77d08af1b7b2de5.jpgFILE – In this July 19, 2016, file photo, delegates fill the floor during the second day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Cleveland’s recent success in hosting major events has the Browns hopeful they will be awarded an upcoming NFL draft. In partnership with the city’s sports commission and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, the team submitted a joint bid to host either the 2019 or 2020 drafts. Dan Gilbert, president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, said the city’s ability to host the 2016 Republican National Convention impressed the NFL, which has been rotating draft sites. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

FILE – In this July 26, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers chairman Dan Gilbert gestures during a press conference in Independence, Ohio. Cleveland’s recent success in hosting major events has the Browns hopeful they will be awarded an upcoming NFL draft. Dan Gilbert, president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, said the city’s ability to host the 2016 Republican National Convention impressed the NFL, which has been rotating draft sites. (AP Photo/Phil Long, FIle)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/04/web1_120361707-5eb5bb578a7643a1ac59831fc92b6d14.jpgFILE – In this July 26, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers chairman Dan Gilbert gestures during a press conference in Independence, Ohio. Cleveland’s recent success in hosting major events has the Browns hopeful they will be awarded an upcoming NFL draft. Dan Gilbert, president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, said the city’s ability to host the 2016 Republican National Convention impressed the NFL, which has been rotating draft sites. (AP Photo/Phil Long, FIle)