Drew Pearson, left, readies to roast Eagles fans at the 2017 draft in Philadelphia.

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The Best Part About Dallas Landing the 2018 NFL Draft

It won't be in Philadelphia.

In an announcement Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will likely greet as a happy distraction from the ongoing legal saga of Ezekiel Elliott and Jones’ own controversial ideas about workplace decorum during the national anthem, the NFL today revealed that its 2018 draft will be at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

The April 26-28 NFL Revenue Generator and Brand Engagement Opportunity®—a bloated and flashy affair where the process of pro football teams selecting able and willing young men for their rosters is almost incidental—will be the first held at a pro stadium, sprawling across the field, the stands, and The Sky Mirror Laser Weapons Platform Plazas. In a statement, NFL Commissioner and Official Draft Villain Roger Goodell thanked the cities of Arlington, home of AT&T Stadium, Frisco, home of the Cowboys’ fancy new headquarters, and Dallas, home of, um, Cowboys fans.

It’s a big deal even without getting into the NFL DRAFT EXPERIENCE PRESENTED BY DANNON® OIKOS® TRIPLE ZEROa free festival at the draft site.

But the best part of all this, from the perspective of a petty Cowboys fan resentful of the current standings in the NFC East? The draft will not be returning to Philadelphia, which hosted (successfully, and to the general welfare of the city, by some accounts) this year. This is Dallas’ first time hosting the draft. Philadelphia has hosted 16 drafts, and won 0 Super Bowls.

The highlight of this year’s draft was Drew Pearson taking the stage in Philadelphia to announce the Cowboys’ second round pick and take shots at Eagles fans. We will hope for some more Cowboys-Eagles feuding at AT&T Stadium next year, and meanwhile bravely scoff at any suggestion that Philadelphia will be making the 32nd pick at the Death Star in 2018.

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