Stadium quarrel 'factor' in NFL's decision

NEW YORK -- The NFL draft will be held next month at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center instead of Madison Square Garden,
partly because of opposition by Garden management to the construction of a Manhattan stadium for the New York Jets.

The agreement with the Javits center, used for trade conventions and other events, is for one year only, the league said Thursday. he NFL had been considering a number of sites, including the possibility of moving the draft from New York.

NFL 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, owners of the Garden, "was a factor in our decision."

The draft, which had been held in MSG's theater, will take place April 23-24. The Javits center is about four blocks from the Garden, adjacent to the site where the proposed stadium would be built.