FRISCO - There is no football party quite like a Jerry Jones Football Party ... surely part of the attraction to North Texas being a finalist in the bidding for the NFL's 2023 Scouting Combine.
The annual event - scheduled for this week in Indianapolis in 2022 and scheduled to return to some level of normalcy someday after COVID caused the 2021 combine to be staged virtually - has increasingly been recognized by the revenue- and branding-minded league as a cash cow that might be more profitable if it is on the move.
And the league announced on Monday that Indy is keeping the event … for the next two years. And then?
There is a feeling that someday, somehow, the Combine will become a traveling road show that will come to North Texas in the future.
The league, after decades and decades of the NFL Draft being stationed in New York, made that cash-cow discovery on the draft. And now the NFL is about do discover the same here.
The NFL talked of the bids from Los Angeles, Indianapolis and "Dallas'' - though the Cowboys are of course technically grounded in Frisco and in Arlington - who were in consideration for the 2023 combine.
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The combine has been held in Indianapolis since the late 1980's, the argument being that Indiana is a "central geographical location.'' Of course, North Texas offers the same advantage ... plus a major airport hub. ... plus (Super Bowls excluded) the likelihood of pleasant weather, even in February.
The combine is of course a precursor to the NFL Draft, which is moving in the coming years, as Las Vegas was the 2022 host, followed by Kansas City in 2023, and then three cities, Green Bay, Detroit and Washington, under consideration for 2024.
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