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NFL to open Combine gates for 250 fans

Posted on: February 18, 2012 12:49 pm
 

The NFL's ever-expanding marketing promotions have taken the next logical step and will be allowing 250 fans into the 2012 Scouting Combine. 
 
Fans interested in attending the quarterback and wide receiver position drills on Sunday, February 26 are asked to register at 1iota.com. Tickets are free but won't be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Fans are encouraged to write a "short essay" on why they deserve to be among the lucky ones allowed into Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis to watch wide receivers run the 40-yard dash as well as quarterbacks and receivers performing their positional drills. Fans fortunate enough to be picked will also be given a raffle ticket, giving them a chance to win NFL Shop gift cards, a mini helmet signed by the Colts' Reggie Wayne and Joseph Addai and Under Armour swag bags. 

The Scouting Combine has historically been a secretive event in which only NFL personnel were allowed to attend. The media on hand to cover the event largely were contained in a few rooms to conduct scheduled interviews with players and league personnel. NFL Network cameras were allowed unprecedented access to the Combine several years ago, giving fans sitting at home better access to the proceedings than the media working just a room away. Beginning in 2007, a handful of media members were allowed to view the drills that the league is now opening up to fans. 

I have been fortunate enough to be among those allowed in for several of these workouts. I can tell you from experience that the inside of the stadium during these workouts is quite different from that of a game or even practice. While the players and a few coaches/scouts are down on the field, league personnel is generally scattered throughout the lower level seats and suites. The place is eerily quiet other than the occasional shouts of encouragement from players to each other. Media allowed into workouts were asked to be quiet when inside or be asked to leave. Cell phones and recording devices were banned from use. Fans will likely be asked to follow the same procedures.

The decision to open the Combine to fans is an interesting reversal. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello informed media at the Super Bowl that the NFL had no plans to allow fans into the Combine at that time.

For a list of all the prospects invited to this year's Combine, click here.
  

Comments

Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: February 18, 2012 2:45 pm
 

NFL to open Combine gates for 250 fans

The NFL machine justs keeps on growing and it wouldn't surprise me to see them selling tickets to this event in the coming years. It's another platform that can be used as a revenue source for the league. Look at where the NFL Draft has come from over the past 20 years. I remember when it wasn't televised and you needed to wait until the newspaper printed the results in order to know who got drafted by your favorite team. 


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