Would Combine workouts ever move to prime time?

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With Scouting Combine workouts beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET on Sunday morning, at a time when many of you (especially our friends in California) are still sleeping, here’s a question that you may be pondering, because the NFL already has: Could the workouts be moved to prime time?

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the question has come up in the past, because the league realizes the value of televising the workouts at a time when more people are watching.

Given the busy schedule for the players who attend the Combine, moving the workouts to the evening hours would require a complete restructuring of their activities, with the 15-minute speed-dating interviews moving to the morning or afternoon hours, among other changes. As the source explained it, moving to workouts to the evening likely would extend the Combine by a day.

This won’t stop the league office from continuing to periodically push the idea, because prime-time workouts on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night (for example) would definitely generate bigger TV numbers than morning and early afternoon sessions.

34 responses to “Would Combine workouts ever move to prime time?

  1. I hope not. The combine is boring, and really doesn’t prove anything in terms of talent for the NFL. And yes I know that some great players had great combines (like J.J. Watt), but he was going to be great AND get picked high without the combine. The exceptions aren’t that many. Marginal low round players may improve their draft stock, but even I don’t watch the middle to lower rounds. The excitement is in the first and maybe the second, and those should be decided by tape not artificial gymnastics and job interviews.

  2. I think it could work for the QB/WR/TE group and maybe the RBs (although they’re grouped with OL). But I don’t think viewers will tune in to watch DL/LB/DB and OL go through drills.

    Fans can relate to and enjoy the throwing/running/catching drills the offensive skill players partricipate in, but I don’t think most fans want to see if a 250-pound linebacker can turn his hips or not in a psuedo-coverage/pursuit drill.

  3. A combine with known NFL players would not air during Prime Time much less collegiates who are barely known by the masses.

  4. Most of us west coasters can barely get up for our teams 10 am games, but that hasn’t ever mattered to the NFL…so Rodger will do whatever he can to squeeze out more advertisement money eventually….it’s the way of the human. Fish the oceans til they are empty, then move on to another plentiful resource to mismanage.

  5. Took a look at it the first couple years, but it takes a real junkie to want to sit and watch that stuff.

  6. If they tried, they’d lose money. Even the moderate fans know these workouts are a ridiculous way to evaluate football players. It really makes NFL executives look like fools. It would also end up hurting rating once the regular season begins, as it will be a huge turnoff to the general public. What’s Tom Brady’s 40 time? Lol. Give me a break.

  7. I already don’t watch the combine since paint drying or grass growing are more amusing things to be a spectator to.

  8. jackedupboonie says:
    March 4, 2018 at 11:53 am
    Most of us west coasters can barely get up for our teams 10 am games, but that hasn’t ever mattered to the NFL…so Rodger will do whatever he can to squeeze out more advertisement money eventually….it’s the way of the human. Fish the oceans til they are empty, then move on to another plentiful resource to mismanage.

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    Or get a job and maybe that might help you with getting up in the morning. West Coast schedule is the best. Games on 10 am, 1pm and then 5:30pm those are super reasonable times. East Coast doesn’t even get it’s first game till the afternoon and then if you want to watch a Prime time game they don’t start till like 8 or 830 so you have to stay up till 11:30 or later which is killer when you have to get up at 6am the next morning. So quit your crying about having to be up by 10am to catch a game cry baby.

  9. Irish Hoodlum says:
    March 4, 2018 at 12:07 pm
    jackedupboonie says:
    March 4, 2018 at 11:53 am
    Most of us west coasters can barely get up for our teams 10 am games, but that hasn’t ever mattered to the NFL…so Rodger will do whatever he can to squeeze out more advertisement money eventually….it’s the way of the human. Fish the oceans til they are empty, then move on to another plentiful resource to mismanage.

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    Or get a job and maybe that might help you with getting up in the morning. West Coast schedule is the best. Games on 10 am, 1pm and then 5:30pm those are super reasonable times. East Coast doesn’t even get it’s first game till the afternoon and then if you want to watch a Prime time game they don’t start till like 8 or 830 so you have to stay up till 11:30 or later which is killer when you have to get up at 6am the next morning. So quit your crying about having to be up by 10am to catch a game cry baby.
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    Because everyone should get to enjoy and grow to like having their favorite teams play at 10 am right?? Must fit in with Irish hoodlums late lunch/dinner time.

  10. If it generates 1 penny more revenue, Goodell will do it, that’s all he’s about.

  11. I dont watch a whole lot of television in general, but I do like watching the Combine and the Draft. Ill watch as much as I can and they really go hand in hand.

    Call it boring if you want, tell me to get a life, different strokes man.

    I guess the real reason I watch is because I am a football player and I’ve gone through combines many times, so I can identify with the characters in the television program.

    Whatever. Keep it where it is and ill watch, throw it in prime time ill watch. Its a lot like watching golf, I mean you are allowed to multitask while its on, in case you havent figured out how to watch this thing.

  12. harrisonhits2 says:
    March 4, 2018 at 12:07 pm
    I already don’t watch the combine since paint drying or grass growing are more amusing things to be a spectator to.

    Hate your team….LOVE this comment!

  13. shadywarrior says:
    March 4, 2018 at 1:56 pm
    They already ruined one of the best weekends of the spring by doing this prime time stupidity with the draft.

    Now the draft I want to watch – at least rounds 1-2. That’s real. Which player goes to which team, and more important which players go to MY team is at least relevant. The Underwear Olympics? Not so much.

  14. reddzen says:
    March 4, 2018 at 2:33 pm
    shadywarrior says:
    March 4, 2018 at 1:56 pm
    They already ruined one of the best weekends of the spring by doing this prime time stupidity with the draft.

    Now the draft I want to watch – at least rounds 1-2. That’s real. Which player goes to which team, and more important which players go to MY team is at least relevant. The Underwear Olympics? Not so much.

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    Agreed. Wasn’t so much a commentary on what should be done with the combine as much as an opportunity to complain about the new draft programming, haha.

  15. Yawn. Maybe the draft could be reduced to a 10 minute show and embargoed until it has had all the filler removed.

  16. Yeah. the combine is about as much fun to watch as a first round draft picks highlight video when your team just drafted an offensive lineman. Hurah.

  17. Just watch it in primetime when NFL Network basically takes all the filler out of the live version and plays a more streamlined combine if not almost identical…

  18. If it means five cents more for the owners it will move to prime time.
    The NFL has become strictly a money grab—nothing more, nothing less.

  19. One drill I think they need to start looking at is their Protesting to National Anthem Ratio. Each team needs to know how many current or future customers or advertisers they may lose by drafting players focused on protests.

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