It’s just a matter of time before Scouting Combine exits Indianapolis

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The Indy 500 will never leave town. The Scouting Combine inevitably will.

The news that NFL’s annual scouting convention will remain in Indianapolis through 2021 amounts to yet another one-year Band-Aid extension, with the reality that the reality show will be taken on the road still looming large over the city that has hosted it for decades.

The league’s power brokers know it, and some of them already are privately saying it. With the draft becoming a major attraction as it migrates from city to city, the Scouting Combine can, and will, follow suit.

It’s just a matter of time, and its time could come as soon as 2022.

The decision to move the Combine workouts into prime time is the clearest indication yet that the league is ready to accelerate the Combine into growth mode. And it’s not hard to envision the event playing out on multiple consecutive evenings with a full stadium of fans and a three-letter network audience and thousands of fans milling about outside the stadium and plenty of other bells and whistles aimed at generated hundreds of thousands of dollars and center in a place other than Indianapolis.

Currently, the event in Indy barely registers a local blip, especially in comparison to other NFL major events. While that’s a good thing for those who are working at the Combine, it’s not as good as it can be for the NFL, which knows that it’s leaving money on the table by letting the Combine stay in Indianapolis.

It surely won’t be there indefinitely. It may not be there for more than the next two years. And the National Football League will find yet another way to generate millions of dollars during the portion of the calendar when no football games are being played.

14 responses to “It’s just a matter of time before Scouting Combine exits Indianapolis

  1. Give the draft to the team that as the number 1 pick and the combine to the team that has the 2nd pick that way those team’s long suffering fans have something to look forward too.

  2. Who watches this besides NFL media outlets? Seriously, it’s mostly unknown guys running around in under armour.

    The ONLY thing worth seeing is the 2 or 3 fastest guys run the 40….and Rich Eisen running the 40.

  3. I understand wanting to make it more of a fan experience. But lets be honest. This is about the NFL making more money. Their constant need for a cash grab is getting a little old. Look what happened to NASCAR with their constant over-saturation of everything NASCAR. NFL games will still be watched but all this other stuff needs to be left alone. Cities will have to spend big money to host an event. Some will use temporary structures. Who is going to pay for all that? Tax payers?

  4. Give the draft to the team that as the number 1 pick and the combine to the team that has the 2nd pick that way those team’s long suffering fans have something to look forward too …………………………….

    I think that maybe good in theory however I would imagine however the locations would need to be identified way ahead of the event which means the league doesn’t know who will have the first and second picks.

  5. The next thing they should do is turn free agency into a combination of the draft, The Bachelor and college signing day. Players come on stage and announce their top three teams. And then pick which team they will sign with. It’s TV gold Jerry.

  6. Nfl cant make money off the combine. They make you sit in the upper deck and no noise. No pictures. Its boring as hell. Oh and tylawspickshisnose… How would you know? You are constantly speaking out of your hindparts..

  7. Leave it there, if it’s not broken don’t fix it. All the coaches, scouts, reporters etc know where to go because they’ve been there before and make it easy to get around. It’s not a very big fan base event to attend in person anyway.

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