We all know the TV viewing audience for the NFL Scouting Combine has grown steadily over the years. But now the NFL has found another way to increase exposure of its annual pre-draft event. Fans were allowed into Lucas Oil Stadium this year to watch a part of the Combine live and in person.
And as an article on NFL.com pointed out, the League believes the experiment was successful.
Over 200 fans watched the Combine on Sunday from the upper levels of Lucas Oil Stadium, and they earned the opportunity to do so by submitting essays making their case to be among the 250 people allowed entry into the exclusive NFL prospect showcase.
“Long conducted under what seemed like a veil of secrecy, the combine has opened up — slowly — in recent years,” the NFL.com piece explaines. “First came the NFL Network cameras, then access to some of the data, then all of it. And now, as the NFL has successfully done with its other events, it’s beginning to open the doors for fans.”
Ray Anderson, the NFL’s vice president of football operations, considered Sunday’s fan experiment a big success.
“The folks followed the instructions, they were respectful,” Anderson said. “They understood this was a work environment and that these young men were going through the interviews of their lives, so we asked them to adhere to a library etiquette and to help us out so we can take this back and really vet it and see if it’s something we should do on a larger and more permanent basis. And you know what, they’ve given us a good case to make.”
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