The NFL has decided they will start allowing teams to submit bids to host the annual NFL Scouting Combine, beginning with the 2023 edition. With everything in the NFL becoming a spectacle full of fans, the league seizing on the opportunity to expand the Combine simply makes sense. Can a city turn the week-long review of draft prospects into a fan-fest style event, creating excitement and revenue for the league?
And, will the Miami Dolphins enter the bidding process? Bringing the college prospects to South Florida in February/March and to the team’s brand new, state-of-the-art training facility should make Miami a favorite destination. Right now, the Combine is held annually in Indianapolis. Does it make more sense to head to Indianapolis in late winter, or to Miami?
There will obviously be other sites that make sense, including the Los Angeles Rams/Los Angeles Chargers’ SoFi Stadium site and the Las Vegas Raiders’ Allegiant Stadium, both of which are new sites the league would love to provide with an additional spotlight. The Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Houston Texans, and Atlanta Falcons also could be sites that want to get in on the bid process. While most of those sites are Super Bowl sites as well, the league likely will look to use the Combine to spread some of the love, so northern teams like the Minnesota Vikings, who have a fixed-roof stadium to offset the cold, could also show up in the selection process. And, Indianapolis will obviously remain in the mix.
The Denver Broncos likely are the only team that should be immediately ruled out, simply because players will not have time to adjust to the altitude prior to conducting drills.
Do you think the Dolphins should look to host the Combine? Would it become a fan-fest type of event?