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Nashville NFL Draft breaks records across the board

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Posted at 2:57 PM, May 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-22 17:52:54-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The NFL Draft which took place in Music City from April 25-27 generated generated a record $133 million in direct spending.

According to the NFL and Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, earnings made for the city were 79 percent more than the $74 million made at the 2018 Dallas NFL Draft.

The total economic impact has been sited as $224 million.

Additionally, the NFL says that the event drew a record crowd size of 600,000 people and that 47.5 million people watched the draft on television, another record.

“The NFL Draft in Nashville outperformed even our lofty expectations and set the bar for future NFL events,” said Peter O’Reilly, NFL Executive Vice President, Club Business and League Events. “We are grateful to the Tennessee Titans, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, the City of Nashville, the volunteers and the fans who made this unforgettable event the most-watched and most-attended Draft ever.”

Some may be curious how the $10.6 million in taxes and fees generated by the Draft will help the city as a whole. In a statement released today, Press Secretary Thomas Mulgrew said, "Taxes and fees collected from the NFL Draft will go towards funding our schools, police and fire departments, infrastructure and other services."