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PRO FOOTBALL; N.F.L. Draft Moving To the Javits Center

Published: March 4, 2005

The N.F.L. draft will be held next month at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center instead of Madison Square Garden, partly because of opposition by Cablevision, which owns the Garden, to the construction of a stadium for the Jets on the West Side of Manhattan.

The agreement with the Javits Center is for one year, the league said yesterday. The N.F.L. had been considering several options, including the possibility of moving the draft from New York.

The N.F.L. spokesman Greg Aiello noted that the league's contract with the Garden had expired. But he added that opposition to the stadium by the Dolan family, which owns Cablevision, ''was a factor in our decision.''

The Garden was host to the N.F.L. draft for the first time in 1995, when the event moved from the Marriott Marquis to the larger Theater at Madison Square Garden. The draft is scheduled for April 23 and 24.

The Javits Center is next to the site for the proposed stadium.

 

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