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NFL will hold next year's draft May 8-10

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You'll have to wait a bit longer next year to find out which players your favorite NFL team is drafting. Because of a scheduling conflict at Radio City Music Hall, the league has decided to push the draft back from late April to May 8-10.

It remains to be seen if the league decides to keep the draft in that time window after next year. It has discussed the possibility of holding it later on a regular basis to keep the league in the news on a more continuous basis.

The league notified its 32 teams Tuesday about next year's change, but said no decision has been made about scheduling the draft beyond 2014. The NFL did say it might be held in 2015 and beyond at Radio City or at other locations, in metropolitan New York or in other cities. The league recently discussed rotating the draft around the country.

Teams also were told there would be no other significant changes in offseason dates next year. Several regional scouting combines will be held on various dates from Jan. 24 through Feb. 16, 2014, and some regional combines may be held after the national combine in Indianapolis Feb. 18-25.

The league year and the free-agency signing period will begin March 11, 2014. The annual owners' meetings will be in Orlando, Fla., March 23-26 next year.

Changing the date of the 2014 draft will not affect when rookies may begin to report to their clubs or the dates of offseason programs. The length of offseason programs will not change.

Clubs will have the same number of offseason practice days, and no changes are being considered to reduce the length of the offseason program. Changes are not anticipated in the offseason calendar for 2015 and beyond that would reduce practice days or limit the offseason program.

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