Jim Irsay on keeping Combine in Indy: Traditions should stay in place

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The NFL will once again hold the annual Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this week, but there’s some question about how much longer that will be the case.

While Indianapolis is set to host the event in 2021, there’s no deal in place beyond that and there’s been a lot of talk about moving the Combine to Los Angeles in the future. At a press conference on Sunday, Colts owner Jim Irsay made a case for keeping things as they are.

Irsay said that the city looks forward to having it for years to come because “we do it better than anyone else.”

“I think it’s important that traditions stay in place,” Irsay said, via George Bremer of the Anderson Herald Bulletin.

The NFL has made changes to the traditional schedule of the Combine in order to grow its appeal as a television event and there’s little reason to think tradition or anything else would keep them from moving it if they feel the move would result in more revenue.

15 responses to “Jim Irsay on keeping Combine in Indy: Traditions should stay in place

  1. Being in Indy makes it easier on fans to visit. If you take it to LA it becomes a west coast event. New York the same way.

  2. Guess he forgot that the Colts were traditionally in Baltimore. I’m glad I’m not rich – it just makes you a greedy hypocrite!

  3. Traditions should stay in place? Coming from the man who’s father moved a storied franchise from Baltimore to Indianapolis. I guess traditions are only important when it benefits his pockets.

  4. pastabelly says:
    February 23, 2020 at 3:06 pm
    Move it permanently to Vegas. There are plenty of hotels and lots of deals would get done.
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    This is the correct answer. Indianapolis is a great city but let’s be fair… Vegas is awesome. Make the combine a spectacle.

    Well done Pastabelly.

  5. In other words, Irsay makes a lot of money off it so traditions are good. Don’t worry about the traditions involving the “Baltimore” Colts.

    Why can’t they move it around like the draft?

  6. If you take the combine out of Indianapolis then take Dallas and Detroit off Thanksgiving every year.

  7. Whatt??? Hey Jim, Daddy Irsay bolted out of Baltimore in the middle of the night. Did he leave behind the traditional “Colts” name. Go see you doctor buddy-something is wrong with your meds again

  8. “Traditions should stay in place”…

    Really, OK, so put the original “Sudden-Death” rules back in play and stop trying to fix a “problem” that never existed. If a tie game is such a bad thing then coaches and players should work harder to WIN IN REGULATION! Just sayin.

  9. Schism Lateralus says:
    February 23, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    pastabelly says:
    February 23, 2020 at 3:06 pm
    Move it permanently to Vegas. There are plenty of hotels and lots of deals would get done.
    ——–
    This is the correct answer. Indianapolis is a great city but let’s be fair… Vegas is awesome. Make the combine a spectacle.

    Well done Pastabelly.
    =================================

    I guess you haven’t noticed… EVERYTHING about the NFL is already a “spectacle”.

  10. I understand why Bob Irsay pulled the Colts out of Baltimore.
    City was trying to take his team away from him.
    But I do believe they should have left the Colt name, colors and logo behind.
    Notice the Raiders, Cardinals, and Rams didn’t leave behind their names, colors and logos behind in Oakland (Raiders), St. Louis (Cardinals) and Cleveland (Rams) either.

    Lots of teams have moved when cities refuse to build new stadiums.
    Even the “beloved” 🙄 Patriots threatened to leave for Connecticut, (which given the fact they changed their name from “Boston” to “New England” means they could have moved to any Northeastern state, probably keeping their name, et all.)

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