NFL to accept bids for Scouting Combine as of 2023

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The clock continues to tick on the Indianapolis hammerlock on the Scouting Combine.

Anthony Calhoun of WISH-TV reports that the NFL will open bidding for hosting the annual underwear Olympics as of 2023.

Indianapolis has been the home of the event since 1987. It will host the Combine, which was canceled in 2021, next year — perhaps for the final time.

The winds of change of venue have been blowing for several years, with the league intent on moving the Combine. The NFL wants to make it a bigger event, efficiencies and practicalities be damned. Los Angeles had emerged as the obvious, no-brainer location for it, but there’s arguably an even better one: Las Vegas.

The rise of gambling makes many aspects of the Scouting Combine conducive to wagering, with the 40-yard dash becoming the most obvious basis for bets based on how fast a guy runs, either against the clock or in comparison to others. What better place to showcase the gambling connection than in the gambling capital of the world?

As the Scouting Combine grows, the failure to compensate the participants will become more glaring. For the same reason that the NCAA hides behind “amateurism” for not paying players, the NFL hides behind the notion that it’s all a job interview for not paying those who show up for pre-draft athletic events.

At some point, that needs to change — especially since the players aren’t yet in a union, and the full weight of the antitrust laws apply.

22 responses to “NFL to accept bids for Scouting Combine as of 2023

  1. The NFL would sell unique workout gear based on prospective players if they thought it would make a buck. Greed knows no boundaries.

  2. Part of the great thing about the NFL is the traditions… The draft NYC, the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, the Combine in Indy. I’m sad to see these institutions on the move.

  3. Monetize it!
    But after you do that, you don’t get to complain that your product (human beings) will want to get paid for it.

  4. I’m not sure I’m really down with the new “monetize every last aspect of the game” NFL. Maybe my kids will like it.

  5. If they are taking bids for it, it will probably be Las Vegas every year, but there are worse places

  6. Yawn. Wake me when it’s time to play. If the NFL could charge people to watch them punch in and out everyday they’d do so. Good luck finding something geographically centered where the focus can be on everything football.

  7. No Brainer. San Diego loves the NFL. Nothing but great memories of Paul Tagliabue.

  8. I like the idea of prop bets as part of a combine held in Vegas. Players should be able to bet on themselves, too, for fastest 40 time, highest vertical, etc.

  9. I will never pay to attend or watch. Its not even an exhibition game. And dont tell me these guys are world class speed — that’s not true. Olympic qualifiers were hitting 26.2 MPH in the 100 m. Fastest NFL guys are 22 MPH tops.

  10. Its a job fair, the players should not be paid.
    Maybe cover transportation, room and board, but thats it.
    The money the NFL makes from it is already split with the players,

  11. Yeah, Vegas…..NOT! Take a bunch of kids, about to become rich and turn them loose in LV? That would be crazy……..

  12. Yet another case of the NFL sticking it to a smaller market. In Indianapolis, the combine is a BFD in terms of prestige and the local economy. Think anybody in Vegas will care? Think the Vegas economy will even notice? As for “it’s a job fair,” I’m not aware of other “job fairs” that are televised, generate a ton of revenue for the employer, and involve gambling. Maybe I’ve just been to the wrong job fairs.

  13. the coffee pot in the League Office is now selling delicious cups for $1.29/cup

  14. Every article I have ever read from those that cover the combine or are there for scouting purposes say Indy is the perfect place for it to be held . The stadium is connected by extensive indoor walkways that allow all who attend to walk from their hotels to bars , restaurants and the stadium with no need for transportation which is a huge convenience for all involved . So of course the NFL would look to move it because it’s not about the people it’s all about wringing every last penny they can .

  15. shurmanblog says:
    June 24, 2021 at 11:15 am
    Every article I have ever read from those that cover the combine or are there for scouting purposes say Indy is the perfect place for it to be held . The stadium is connected by extensive indoor walkways that allow all who attend to walk from their hotels to bars , restaurants and the stadium with no need for transportation which is a huge convenience for all involved . So of course the NFL would look to move it because it’s not about the people it’s all about wringing every last penny they can .

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    In addition the downtown area is minutes away from Indiana University health care facilities where they perform all the medical testing. Indy downtown is great and convenient and 10-15 minutes from the airport.

  16. The Combine is a snooze fest, and is nothing more than a way for the NFL to make a buck. The teams glean all this information on players, and the draft is still a crap shoot.

  17. Being the host team will be an advantage. It should be at a neutral location, like Omaha, or Montgomery, or Eugene.

  18. iamnotasubscriber says:
    June 24, 2021 at 1:00 pm
    Being the host team will be an advantage. It should be at a neutral location.
    _______________
    It was.
    And the NFL just screwed it up.

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