The cost of the combine

(Ben Liebenberg/NFL.com)

(Ben Liebenberg/NFL.com)

Anyone who has watched the combine on NFL Network or followed along on NFL.com can attest to the incredible degree of organization and planning that goes into the process. With more than 300 prospects being flown into town and then whisked from room to room, test to test, workout to workout, it’s clear this is a major operation.

Who foots the bill? The 32 clubs, of course. The organization that runs everything is the National Invitational Camp Inc. Their fee to host the combine: $75,000 per club.

In addition to being here to watch the workouts first-hand, that $75,000 buys each club all the complete medical reports, copies of all the test results and tapes of all the workouts and drills. But the ability to meet with so many of the prospects in one place makes it easier to whittle down the number of players who will then be invited to follow-up visits to a team’s headquarters.

That’s a lot of money, sure. But we’ve already established that scouting prospective NFL talent is a big business, and clearly, all 32 clubs view the combine as a worthy investment.

– Gil Brandt

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