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NFL Announces Process For Obtaining Tickets To 2015 NFL Draft In Chicago

2015 NFL Draft

Fans interested in attending the 2015 NFL Draft, April 30-May 2, may register at for a chance to win two free tickets beginning Tuesday, March 24 at 12:00 p.m. ET until Sunday, April 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Winners will be randomly selected.

A limited number of tickets are available for both the Auditorium Theatre and Selection Square areas for Thursday (Round 1) and Friday (Rounds 2-3). On Saturday (Rounds 4-7), a limited number of tickets are available for Selection Square as the Auditorium Theatre will be open to the public for tours and photo opportunities. Seating is free in both the Auditorium Theatre and Selection Square, but limited.

As previously announced, Draft Town presented by Oikos Triple Zero is the free, expansive interactive Draft celebration in Grant Park open all three days of the Draft. Full of music, food and more, the 900,000-square foot celebration is the size of more than 15 football fields. No tickets are required.


Important Dates for Fan Ticket Distribution:

  • March 24-April 5: Fans can register for the chance to win two tickets to the Draft at com/DraftTown. Fans will receive their unique Fan Mobile Pass QR code via email after entering the contest.
  • April 6: Fans selected as winners will receive an e-mail on or around April 6 containing the date (one of three days), venue (either Auditorium Theatre or Selection Square) and instructions for confirming attendance. E-mail notifications will be distributed to fans who did not win at a later date.
  • April 8: Deadline for selected fans to confirm attendance. Upon submitting acceptance information, fans will automatically receive a final confirmation e-mail which will include check-in details for the specified Draft day.
  • April 30-May 2: The winning fan will need to present a government issued photo ID and their unique Fan Mobile Pass QR code at Draft Town to check-in and receive wristbands, while their guest will need to present a government issued photo ID (if over 18 years of age) on the selected day during designated hours. Wristbands are required to secure tickets for entry into the Draft. Fans will receive instructions detailing the time and location to exchange wristbands for tickets and access to venue.

Round 1 festivities, slated for 6:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 30, will include incoming prospects walking the red carpet on Michigan Avenue before heading into the theatre for the start of the Draft (8:00 p.m. ET). Thirty-two former players from the NFL Legends community, one representing each team, will be on hand for Round 2 presented by Bud Light and Round 3 to announce selections on Friday, May 1 beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET.

On Saturday, May 2 beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET, Rounds 4-7 will mark another Draft innovation. The event will take place outside at Selection Square and in locations across the country. Teams will announce their Draft selections at their facilities and other locations in their city. Fans in Chicago will have the opportunity to take photos onstage at the Auditorium Theatre.

The 2015 NFL Draft will be televised nationally by NFL Network and ESPN and can be heard nationwide on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

For more details on the chance to win Draft tickets, visit Fans should follow @NFL on Twitter and use #NFLDraft for the most up-to-date information. Fans in Chicago are encouraged to share their experience using #DraftTown.

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NFL Announces Free Fan Opportunities For 2015 NFL Draft In Chicago

NFL Turns Chi-Town into Draft Town

As fans nationwide celebrate the 80th NFL Draft, April 30-May 2, the NFL will bring unprecedented free fan experiences, flag football competitions, musical entertainment, autograph sessions and more to the host city of Chicago, the NFL announced today.

The Draft will take place at Chicago’s historic Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, and for the first time, will expand outside to adjacent parks. Congress Plaza will host Selection Square, home of the 32 team Draft tables, Grant Park will be transformed into Draft Town presented by Oikos Triple Zero, a free, three-day outdoor interactive fan football festival spanning the size of 15 football fields.

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Competition Committee Conference Call

Competition Committee Conference Call with NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent, Atlanta Falcons President & CEO and Competition Committee Chairman Rich McKay and St. Louis Rams Head Coach and Competition Committee member Jeff Fisher


Rich McKay: I like to start every year this call with kind of understanding the process that we go through as a committee in concert with the league office in trying to develop the Competition Committee report which we will pass out to the membership either late Sunday or early Monday. This year I think the report is 100 pages long as it typically is and so there’s a lot of work that goes into it.

We send a survey out usually at the end of the year in late-December, early-January to every club. We hear from presidents, we hear from coaches, we hear from owners. We take it all in and we try to come up with proposals based off of that. We met four days in Indianapolis that included meeting with Coach Madden’s sub-committee, which is always very enlightening to hear that many coaches in one room with the issues that they face during the year and the issues that they want us to focus on. We meet with the GMs, the General Manager Advisory Committee, we meet with the NFLPA, that includes leadership and players, and then we conclude the week by meeting with the NCAA and going through what’s on their agenda, what’s worked for them and what we think has worked for us and we share a lot of information. It’s a really productive meeting.

We then went back to Naples a week later and met for six days there. At that time, too, we take the time to go through what the league office and Dean Blandino and others collect through the year from people like yourselves, from fans, from coaches, from everybody that’s sending in suggestions, ideas, sending in video, asking us to look at plays. We kind of go through all of that. The clubs themselves have submitted rule proposals in the past. This year they submitted quite a few. We’ve got bylaw proposals, we’ve got resolutions from clubs and then obviously we have some from the Competition Committee itself that we developed over the time we were together.

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Bracketology: The Greatest Game of All Time — Fans to Determine the Greatest NFL Game of All Time

Fourth Annual ‘Bracketology’ Begins Monday, March 16

32 Games Divided Into Four Brackets

Fans Can Access All 32 Games Featured on NFL Now

What is the greatest NFL game of all time?’s fourth annual edition of Bracketology seeks to answer the long-standing debate. Starting Monday, March 16, fans will decide the greatest game of all time by voting at

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Official 2014 NFL Statistics

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2014 Performance-Based Pay Distributions Announced; Bills’ Henderson Top Earner

Buffalo Bills tackle SEANTREL HENDERSON earned the top figure in the NFL’s “Performance-Based Pay” program that compensates players for playing time based upon their salary levels, the NFL announced today.

Players will receive $116.256 million in Performance-Based Pay for their performance during the 2014 season.

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Four NFL Players To Participate In Middle East USO Tour

Four NFL players who excel on the field and in their community are continuing a USO-NFL tradition initiated nearly 50 years ago. These NFL ambassadors are taking part in a week-long USO tour throughout the Middle East to visit U.S. troops at military bases.

New Orleans Saints defensive tackle AKIEM HICKS, Cleveland Browns center ALEX MACK and free agent WILL SVITEK are the players participating in a USO tour this year and will be accompanied by former Atlanta Falcons linebacker BRIAN BANKS, now an employee in the NFL league office officiating department. This trip marks the first USO-NFL tour abroad for Hicks, Svitek and Banks, while Mack took part in a 2012 USO tour.

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NFL To Host Inaugural Veteran Combine

More Than 100 Players to Participate in First NFL Veteran Combine on March 22

The NFL will conduct its inaugural NFL Veteran Combine on March 22 at the Arizona Cardinals Practice Facility in Tempe, Arizona. Players will be tested and evaluated by experienced NFL scouting personnel. Measurements, combine results, and videos of the workouts will be compiled and shared electronically with all 32 NFL clubs.

Free agents planning to attend range from veteran players who have been starters in the NFL to players who are one year out of college with no regular-season experience.

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68 NFL Coaches & Front Office Executives To Participate In Career Development Symposium March 19-21 In Arizona

Speakers include:

Owners Michael Bidwill, John Mara;

Current & Former Coaches Bill Cowher, Mike Pettine, Mike Zimmer;

 Team Execs Rick Spielman, Tom Telesco

 Sixty-eight NFL assistant coaches and front office executives will take part in the annual NFL Career Development Symposium March 19-21 in Arizona, it was announced today.

The three-day program will engage aspiring head coach and general manager candidates through presentations, panel discussions, breakout sessions and networking opportunities with owners, club presidents, coaches, general managers and league executives.

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Free Agency Signing Period Begins; 453 Players Become Free Agents

The National Football League today announced that 453 players are free agents who now can negotiate with all 32 clubs.

Players are either “restricted” or “unrestricted” free agents.  Within the categories are also “franchise” and “transition” players.

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