Indianapolis is set to host the annual NFL Scouting Combine again next year, but other cities are turning up the pressure to host it in future years, according to Visit Indy Chief Marketing Officer Chris Gahl.
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Players attending the NFL’s scouting combine in Indianapolis next week won’t have to stay in a “bubble” as originally ordered after organizers loosened regulations Monday night after getting blowback for strict COVID-19 rules issued over the weekend.
The NFL said the location of the 2023 combine will be determined through a bidding process involving Indianapolis, Dallas and Los Angeles.
The submissions—which are forerunners to formal bids—detail the city’s interesting in hosting the NFL scouting combine from 2023 to 2027 and the the draft in either 2025 or 2027.
The league’s decision to invite other cities to bid to host its Scouting Combine didn’t come as a surprise to local leaders, and it gave them a head start on designing a bid that could keep the Combine in town beyond 2022.
Indianapolis has hosted the NFL Scouting Combine every year since 1987 but will soon have to compete with other cities for the event.
The source, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the conversations are ongoing, said the league is evaluating all aspects of the combine, including the player experience.
With a late-night vote, on the slim majority approval of the 32 team representatives, the NFL Players Association was preparing Wednesday to send the collective bargaining agreement proposal to the full union membership for potential ratification.
Fewer assistant coaches will watch those prospects run through drills in person this year, and downtown Indianapolis bars and restaurants should be quieter as many of the on-field drills move from morning and afternoon into prime time.
The extension, announced Wednesday, means Indianapolis will keep the event through at least 2021. It has hosted the combine since 1987.
The five-day NFL Combine has been hosted in Indianapolis since 1987, and efforts are underway to ensure the showcase calls the city home for the next several years.
Mike Fox, who spent 33 years as stadium director at Lucas Oil Stadium and the Hoosier Dome, will now oversee facility operations at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Mathematic and scientific advancement have taken player appraisal to places far beyond 40-yard dash times, bench-press repetitions and vertical leaps.
Football fans see the annual NFL Scouting Combine as a chance to see players’ times, jumps and drills. NFL executives are just as interested in getting behind-the-scenes answers through medical checks and personal interviews.
Indianapolis has hit pay dirt with a multiyear deal intended to keep the lucrative NFL Scouting Combine here through 2020, just as competition to host the high-profile event intensifies.
Unite Here, a Chicago-based hotel workers union, has been trying to organize employees at the Westin Indianapolis, Hyatt Regency
Indianapolis and Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites.