So, if you’re a friend of the NFL, have $25 burning a hole in your pocket and a ticket to Indianapolis, Ind., at the end of February, you might want to take up the offer to sound off on the league’s request for answers to their poll on whether anyone would be interested in paying money to attend the Combine.
The league tried something unique this year and opened the Combine up to 300 for free to whet the appetite of the rabid fans – then they asked those who attended whether they might be interested in attending if there were a $25 charge. Though no results of that survey are yet available, it will be very interesting to see the bottom line.
I can tell you one thing – if there’s an NFL event that’s equivalent to watching the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field grow in January, it’s the Combine. Oh sure, it’s fun watching the replays of the event on the NFL Network and even somewhat amusing catching the two camera options on nfl.com/combine, but to sit in the stands and watch the equivalent of an NFL big top circus with hundreds of grown men run around in shirts and shorts … hmmmm … not for me, thank you.
I would rather take my wife out for a nice dinner for that $25 – not to mention that she would probably divorce me on the spot if I spent it on a ticket to the Combine … and she’s a huge Green Bay Packers fan and follows the game sometimes more closely than I.
It’s understandable why the league is doing it – revenue. But should they decide to go this route and make the Combine more of a fan event as opposed to a track meet, they are going to have to come up with more than that to make any money doing it.
How about holding a concert with the Combine as the backdrop? You can imagine that Manti Te’o's 40-yard dash would have been much more respectable if he had Macklemore and Ryan Lewis pounding out “Thrift Shop” in the background, don’t you think? How about bringing in monster truck pull and have 20 of the biggest and strongest offensive and defensive linemen pull their own weights around the Lucas Oil Stadium?
Just some thoughts …
As for my 25 bucks … yeah, I’ll be holding on to mine for awhile and I suggest you do the same.