By BARRY WILNER
Indianapolis will keep the NFL scouting combo for the next two years after team owners approved at their meetings in Atlanta on Tuesday the city that has hosted the winter event for players entering the draft since 1987.
The owners are also discussing the possibility of dropping the Pro Bowl or completely revamping it. No decision is expected during these meetings.
Indianapolis was awarded hosting rights for the 2023 and 2024 combines. This was the first time the NFL had offered the combine, and Dallas and Los Angeles also wanted to host.
“Indy’s vision brings together its long legacy of successfully hosting the combination and executing the evaluation process, with an exciting focus on innovating and growing the event from a fan and media perspective,” said Peter O’Reilly, NFL executive vice president of club corporate and competitive events.
“Indy is a city built to host major sporting events, and I’m proud that the combine will remain in our city,” said Colts owner Jim Irsay.
Studies showed that the 2022 combination delivered an estimated economic impact of $9.6 million for the city.
Irsay and his family are planning a new legacy program focused on mental health and designed to benefit the residents of Indianapolis as well.
In 2023, the combine will take place from February 28 to March 6, and in 2024, the dates will be February 27 – March 4.
While the combine is a growing event, the Pro Bowl could be on its last legs. Many owners believe that the game is not up to NFL standards and has evolved over the years. Although it has not become a football practice, the Pro Bowl has little intensity and players drop out regularly.
Commissioner Roger Goodell has often acknowledged that while it is important to honor the players who have earned Pro Bowl recognition, there are questions about the quality of the game. So the league will have further discussions with the players and their unions, as well as NFL partners, about the future of the all-star game to be played the weekend before the Super Bowl.
The league also announced four new international home marketing territories, with the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams adding New Zealand and the Philadelphia Eagles adding Australia, New Zealand and Ghana, making them the first NFL franchise to enter a market in Africa. enters. The Eagles and Rams will be able to activate on their newly allocated markets on June 1.
Launched in January, the expanded program now includes 19 teams that have gained access to 30 international territories in 10 countries. Each team has access to international territories for marketing, fan engagement and commercialization as the NFL aims to become more global.
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