Indianapolis hopes to keep Scouting Combine beyond 2024

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It’s become an annual box to check when covering the Scouting Combine.

How much longer will the Scouting Combine be held in Indianapolis?

A move to a larger market has seemed inevitable for several years. Although it hasn’t happened, Indy had to submit a bid for the first time, in order to retain the event for 2023 and 2024. After 2024, the Combine will be a free agent, again.

Via WISH-TV, the powers-that-be in Indy are trying to generate more fan involvement in the hopes of fulfilling the league’s goal of making the event bigger.

“As we look to our current bid that was one of our main pieces,” Visit Indy senior communications manager Nate Swick told WISH-TV. “We said, ‘All right, NFL, how do you want to grow this and how can we help you grow this event?’ And so that’s why you’ll see a lot more fan interactions the last couple of years.

The biggest selling point for Indy is convenience and efficiency for all Combine activities. If/when coaches and scouts (and media) have to schlep significant distances (or through traffic) to get to where they need to go, more coaches may decide it makes more sense to stay home for the week.

Will that be enough to get the NFL to not give L.A. or Dallas or Las Vegas a try? Time will tell. It could be that the league needs to see that it doesn’t work as well in another city before realizing that it should stay where it’s always been.

13 responses to “Indianapolis hopes to keep Scouting Combine beyond 2024

  1. No one should be forced to go to Indiana under any circumstances.

  2. This event should not be in Indy every yr. Time to share in the wealth, just like they do w/ the Super Bowl & NFL draft.

  3. Indianapolis is set up incredibly well for events. Everything is very organized and easily accessible. It would be a mistake to move the combine.

  4. A good friend of mine who has attended these for the last 10 years says they’re great for networking, player evaluation and also coaches looking for a new Job. Also discussion on free agents. I relate it to the golf course and how business deals can get done.

  5. Yea drag 400 young NFL prospects to Vegas for a week. What could possibly go wrong?

  6. If something is working then leave it alone. Indianapolis has done a great job with the combine and it should stay that way.

  7. Sorry but the combine is never going to be a money maker no matter how hard the nfl tries.. who us paying good money to be told you can’t talk, take pictures or anything? Better off watching on TV if the underwear Olympics is your sort of thing

  8. BORING!

    The Underwear Olympics is a pretty useless event as far as talent evaluation goes anyway. About the only thing of use are the interviews. And the only thing you get from those are not the answers from a bunch of questions the player’s trained for or a bunch of stupid useless questions. No, the useful information is weather or not the guy can show up for a meeting on time.

    So hold the Combine in Vegas. See if anything happens in Sin City. See if any of the prospects go off the rails. It would weed out any potential screw ups and be very entertaining to the rest of us.

  9. If it moves to Green Bay then Lafleur would have no excuses to miss it.

  10. They should have learned from last year that turning the combine into a tourist attraction is a horrible idea. Nothing makes player evaluation better than loud distracting music while coaches are trying to give directions and making it harder to get around as fans bumrush everyone at every free moment. It’s in Indianapolis in part because it’s the home of the NCAA and until draft day it’s still their athletes. I almost guarantee if they try to movie it the coaches aren’t the only ones who will stay home. You’re going to see a lot of the bigger name talent choose to just participate in choreographed pro days instead and how much money does the NFL think they will make when the only participants are day 3 picks?

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