One of the largest gatherings of NFL personnel every year happens in Indianapolis at the Scouting Combine. Executives, coaches, scouts, and others all make the trip to Indy every February for the annual Combine, where they can get a look at the upcoming draft class and also conduct other business matters.
With the NFL heading to Los Angeles once again and building a massive complex there, however, there was plenty of talk about the Combine possibly moving there. That talk appears to have been premature, as the Combine won't be heading to LA anytime soon. According to FOX59's Mike Chappell, the city of Indianapolis has finalized a five-year extension to keep the Scouting Combine around.
The deal will keep the Combine in Indianapolis, where it has been since 1987, until 2020. Chappell notes that the deal locks it in for the next two years and then includes one-year extension options for the final three years of the deal. Visit Indy estimates that hosting the Combine brings in around $8.27 million in revenue to the city each year.
This is good news for the city of Indianapolis, as the eyes of the football world will once again be on the city annually for the event. It is a time for media availability, player evaluation, and meetings to take place, making it an important highlight of the NFL's offseason schedule. The fact that Indianapolis will continue to host it is a good thing for the city, and it's a good thing for the Combine too, as Indy makes a good host city and is easy to get around. This year's Scouting Combine will take place from February 23-29.