The clock is ticking until the 2024 NFL Draft — quite literally at Campus Martius, where a giant clock displaying a countdown to the big event ticks away second by second.
In about 150 days, Detroit will host one of the biggest sporting events from April 25-27. The key, said Mayor Mike Duggan at a preview event Monday night, is keeping it centrally located downtown. He’d been to the drafts held in Kansas City and Las Vegas, but said the events weren’t connected to the city — almost like holding the Detroit draft on Belle Isle.
“They were nice, but were held far from the business community. We are trying something far more challenging,” he said, per fox2detroit.com. “We’ll hold it in the heart of downtown. Businesses will be a part of it.”
Officials are predicting the economic impact of the upcoming draft could rival or even exceed that of Super Bowl XL, held in Detroit back in 2006.
“This is potentially bigger than the Super Bowl,” Duggan said, per the Detroit Free Press. “Only 60,000 people can get tickets to the Super Bowl. But for the NFL draft, hundreds of thousands can get in—and they stay for the weekend.”
Per the Free Press, the NFL estimated the economic impact of the 2006 Super Bowl was about $300 million, but the Anderson Economic Group estimated it was closer to $49 million. You can read JC Reindl’s full article breaking down all the details here.
And onto the rest of your notes.
- Alex Anzalone and his family have been so much. He wrote a long piece about their hardships and the journey that brought them to Detroit. I’m willing to label this a must read.
.@AlexAnzalone34 talks about his family, fresh starts, and the power of hope in this third edition of “Beyond.”— Detroit Lions (@Lions) November 27, 2023
- Ever wonder why the Detroit Lions wear such a specific shade of blue? The Detroit Free Press’ Jared Ramsey dives into the history behind Detroit’s infamous Honolulu Blue uniforms.
- “The rest of the football nation witnessed on Thanksgiving something Lions fans know all too well: Detroit’s pass rush is seriously lacking.” Lions Wire’s Jeff Risdon explores one area of the Lions defense that’s definitely struggling.
- In case you missed it, Tom Brady has had a lot to say about the current state of the league, saying there’s “a lot of mediocrity in today’s NFL.” But Barry Sanders strongly disagrees.
- Jack Harlow addressed his poorly received half time performance — kinda. He explains the Detroit connections that made him want to perform in this show in the first place.