So what does the NFL do to keep fans interested in the dead period between the Super Bowl and NFL Draft in Pro Line Mens Drew Brees Jersey late April?That's easy. Go big on TV coverage of the"Underwear Olympics."So says NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock about the NFL Scouting Combine.Even if you don't like the nearly weeklong extravaganza of NFL prospects running 40-yards dashes and bench-pre sing 225 pounds, you're going to see a lot more TV coverage of itin future years, Mayock predicts.MORE: Live updates from the NFL Combine"The NFL looks at it as a huge media opportunity. The ratings are good, the interest is high. Just how far do we go with pushing the, quote, Underwear Olympics out there as a ma sive event for fans, and ... Jermon Bushrod Jersey the recent legitimate conversation internally about how it should be treated," Mayock said during a recent conference call with reporters. "I'm kind of an old-school football guy, and I kind of like just sitting there, evaluating and keeping it that what it is, but obviously what I think doesn't matter." Internally, there's a split of opinion among NFL insiders, Mayocksaid.The so-called "football guys" and NFL Competition Committee would preferto keep the Combine as privateas po sible, Sheldon Rankins Jersey Mayock said.But the Combine has become an off-season TV event second only to the NFL Draft.MORE: Myles Garrett stuns at CombineThe TV and busine s executives at the leagueare excited about the Combine's TV potential. Theywill have their way in the bottom-line-oriented sports world.You can't blame them. The Combine has grown exponentially as a TV property since the 2003 Alvin Kamara Black Game Jersey launch of the NFL Network. Consider: The modernCombine started in 1985. But it wasn't even shown on TV until the new NFL Network telecast the 2004 event. While ESPN also covers the event, NFL Network and NFL Digital Media are still the only places to watch live coverage of on-field drills. NFL Network's coveragehas quintupled in recent years. This year's Combine featured 34 hours of live coverage, divided between26 hours of workouts and 8 hours of pre s conferences/news. Led by lead anchor Rich Eisen, NFL Network had 21 anchors, analysts and reporters at this year's Combine. In comparison, NFL Network offered only 6 hours of taped coverage in 2004 and three on-air analysts. Eisen ran his first 40-yard dash in a suit and tie in 2005. The event is now Thomas Morstead Jersey in its 13th year. It raises money for St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital.NFL Network captured a funny TV moment over theweekend when Patriots coach Bill Belichick stepped into the pre s box to reminisce with former player Willie McGinest.Belichick said it wasthe first time he'd been in a pre s box since the mid-1990s.
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