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Indianapolis close to five-year extension to combine deal

2013 NFL Combine

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 23: Zach Ertz of Stanford participates during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 23, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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As part of the sweetheart deal Stan Kroenke offered the NFL in exchange for the keys to Los Angeles, there was talk of the NFL campus there becoming a future site for events such as the Scouting Combine.

If that happens, it apparently won’t be until 2021.

According to Mike Chappell of WTTV in Indianapolis, the city is finalizing a five-year deal to keep the event at Lucas Oil Stadium through 2020.

The event has been held in Indy since 1987, and proponents cite its centralized location and convenient medical facilities as big factors for that.

“As far as we’re concerned, there’s a reason we’ve been here for 30 years,’’ said Jeff Foster, president of the Indiana-based National Football Scouting, Inc. “And those reasons have gotten better every year.

“We’ve had [relocation] discussions before. We were having them as I was coming on board 10 years ago. Moving the draft to Chicago last year and having great success in Chicago stimulated the conversation again.

“There are a lot of people who liken the NFL draft and the NFL Combine. I would disagree with that.’’

Of course, that contract might just carry the league through to the time when Kroenke’s NFL campus is fully assembled, but for now, they seem content leaving the combine where it is.