To the delight of most front-office members and analysts, the NFL Combine isn’t leaving Indianapolis just yet.
In the league’s latest announcement, the NFL Combine will be remaining at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indy through 2024.
The NFL had originally presented a bidding process for the event but ultimately decided on keeping the event where it currently is.
“Indy’s vision brings together its long legacy of successfully hosting the Combine and executing the evaluation process,” a statement from executive VP of club business and league events, Peter O’Reilly began, “with an exciting focus on innovating and further growing the even from a fan and media perspective.”
The league also announced that Indy will add a combine fan experience outside of the stadium for fans to enjoy prior to the on-field workouts.
While the NFL Combine seems safe where it is currently located, it appears that big changes are being discussed for the Pro Bowl.
According to reports, the NFL is looking for ways to improve the Pro-Bowl, while contemplating removing the entire game as a whole.
It’s clear the Pro Bowl game itself is dwindling in popularity. The 2022 game brought in a total of 6.69 million viewers, the lowest since 2006 with viewership dropping 17% from 2019’s game.
With a genuine lack of effort from players who don’t want to risk injury in a meaningless game, the league is looking for alternative options to honor the league’s best players.