NFL Combine staying in Indianapolis through 2024: Changes coming for Pro Bowl

NFL Combine
FILE – Baylor defensive back JT Woods prepares to run the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine, Sunday, March 6, 2022, in Indianapolis. Indianapolis will be keeping the NFL scouting combine for the next two years. At the owners meetings in Atlanta on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, the city that has staged the winter event since 1987 for players entering the draft was granted hosting rights for 2023 and 2024. This was the first time the NFL put the combine up for bidding, with Dallas and Los Angeles also seeking to hold the combine. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

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.

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