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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 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.


Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2012 1:34 pm

NFL to open Combine gates for 250 fans

the NFL will always get my money : one way or another .. merchandise tickets direct tv you name it 

Since: Nov 22, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:48 pm

NFL to open Combine gates for 250 fans

Obviously you didn't read the article. It said it is non transferable. That means it's worthless if you buy it!

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:12 am

NFL For Sale on Ebay?

If I won a pass, the first thing I'd do is to auction it on Ebay. By issueing on 250 passes, the NFL has unwittingly turned one of these passes into a real commodity. With as much NFL insanity as there is, I'd think a pass could fetch $500 easy.

Since: Jun 20, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2012 7:50 pm

NFL to open Combine gates for 250 fans

Why all the negativity from some of you?  It's free, and they should be selective.  It's a tryout for these kids, not really for our entertainment.  The NFL is being cool about letting us witness it.

Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 8:53 am

NFL to open Combine gates for 250 fans

Yes, they want your money SUCKER!

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: February 19, 2012 8:11 am

NFL to open Combine gates for 250 fans

I wish they would have announced this SOONER!!!!  I'd LOVE to go!!!!!

Since: Dec 23, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 7:05 am

NFL to open Combine gates for 250 fans

This is crazy another way to make money in the long run. Nothings about the fan and team its how can we make more $$$. When will it end when will an average guy be able to take his family to a game and not sit in the sky to watch it. Ive been a giants fan for 26 years watched every game since and couldn't go to the superbowl cause of a 900 dollar face valued ticket to sit in the nose bleeds. The NFL has the fan by the balls and will continue so do to fantasy football ,sports betting ,and the nfl ticket. Its just sad how much control they have over the fan the person who fills there pockets

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: February 19, 2012 12:05 am

NFL to open Combine gates for 250 fans

I think its a great idea. They should open it up to a let more people to go watch though. The kids got to get use playing with a large crowd any way so why not open the stadium to as many people that want to watch and just charge ten dollars or something like that. The NFL could donate the money to some charity to make themselves look good or give it to former players with med problems who are suing the NFL.

Since: Jul 28, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2012 8:06 pm

NFL to open Combine gates for 250 fans

Roger "PT Barnum" Goodell is at it again, trying to make a spectacle of everything the NFL does. 

Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2012 4:47 pm

NFL to open Combine gates for 250 fans

write an essay!?!  LMAO    yea ok im on it.

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