The NFL sent out a memo to teams announcing that the NFL Scouting Combine is on the move! Well, starting in 2023 at least.
The league informed all 32 clubs, via a memo obtained by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on Wednesday, that hosting the annual showcase will be open to a bidding process starting with the 2023 event. The expansion of host cities continues the league’s focus on growing and evolving marquee events to reach millions of fans locally, nationally and internationally, Rapoport added.
“The League, in concert with the Combine Executive Committee, is considering ways to grow the Combine as a tentpole event, while at the same time enhancing the prospect experience and partnership,” the memo read.
The inclusion of “internationally” here is interesting. What are the odds that we see a Combine in London? Germany? Probably pretty low, but the door might be slightly ajar.
One of the marquee events of the offseason, the NFL Combine has been hosted by Indianapolis since 1987. Now, while the Underwear Olympics doesn’t exactly fill stadiums, it would probably be nice for prospects to deal with warmer weather than Indiana in late February. Plus, maybe there can be location themed workouts? They can do calf wrangling at NRG Stadium to test open field tackling.
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