With the NFL continually finding new ways to market itself and the insatiable appetite fans have for all things football it has been theorized by many that it is only a matter of time before the league begins selling tickets to the annual Scouting Combine.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello informed the media at the Super Bowl, however, that he knows of no plan to this citing crowd noise as a deterrent.
Only recently has the NFL allowed anyone other than league personnel into the workouts. Media has generally been asked to remain in a different part of the building away from the workouts. With NFL Network cameras being allowed to record some of the action in recent years, a few select members of the media have been allowed to come in and watch the quarterbacks throw to wide receivers in recent years.
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.
The 2012 Scouting Combine will be held in Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis during the final week of Feburary. The initial list of players invited to attend the workout can be found here. National Football Scouting, the organization that puts on the Combine, has not yet released the final invitation list, which includes underclassmen and perhaps a few other seniors who piqued the interest of scouts during recent all-star games.