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NFL to Seek Hosting Bids for NFL Combine, Dallas Could Host in 2023

The NFL has done a masterful job at making every item in their calendar an event that fans and analysts take note of. The games certainly take priority, but there is similar interest in the events like the opening of and the . Another event that holds people's attention in late February, when football's been over for weeks, is the .

Now the Combine might be on the move.

According to Mickey Shuey of the Indianapolis Business Journal, the NFL will begin taking bids from cities looking to host the annual pre-draft event. Indianapolis has long been the host of the gathering, which brings hundreds of draft prospects, coaches, scouts, and personnel to the city for the multi-day testing event.

Per Shuey, Indianapolis has received major economic gains from hosting the NFL Combine regularly.

“Recent figures weren't immediately available, but in 2019, local hospitality officials estimated the combine generated an economic impact of $8.4 million and provided up to $10 million in media exposure for the city. That included more than 100 hours of TV coverage on , and ABC, and from at least 1,400 credentialed media, the NFL's second-highest count behind the .”

Mickey Shuey, Indianapolis Business Journal

For an event that takes place over three days, that provides a huge income opportunity to cities. And you can bet that the will look to be the first site to host the NFL Combine outside of Indianapolis.

Charean Williams believes that the Cowboys would make great hosts for the event. in Frisco, Texas, would make a fantastic location.

Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys will always push to have their brand at the forefront of whatever event the NFL is holding, and The Star makes a ton of sense for the NFL Combine. In addition to everything that Charean Williams listed, there are two airports within an hour of Frisco, and there's a ton to do in the city.

One potential negative is the difference in the field surface that the players will be tested on. Though the primary purpose is to test players against each other, the running times are also used to compare current prospects against the historical numbers put up by those that came before them.

Teams look for players to hit certain thresholds at positions to help define their player grading. Yes, the film takes priority, but if a player runs slow in the 40-yard dash or the 3-cone drill, it will help provide further context to their .

If and when the NFL begins accepting proposals for the NFL Combine's first move out of Indianapolis, get ready for the Dallas Cowboys to put their best foot forward to hosting such a huge event.

John Williams
John Williams
Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could. Make sure you check out the Inside The Cowboys Podcast featuring John Williams and other analysts following America's Team.

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