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Combine to get most extensive coverage ever

(Feb. 14, 2006) -- Coming off record Rose Bowl and Super Bowl ratings, interest in the sport of football continues to reach unprecedented levels.

The NFL Scouting Combine, the annual job interview for potential NFL players, is no exception.

More than 330 NFL hopefuls converge on the RCA Dome in Indianapolis from Feb. 23-28 for the 2006 NFL Scouting Combine, consisting of on-field drills, medical testing, exams and interviews with team personnel and the media.

The 2006 NFL Scouting Combine on NFL Network Presented by Reebok will provide exclusive live television coverage of the annual event beginning Thursday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. ET and continuing through Wednesday, March 1.

NFL Network's programming will cover:
Press conferences -- 8 hours (Thurs. 2/23 through Sun. 2/26 at 2 p.m. ET)
Player drills -- 12 hours (Sat. 2/25 through Tues. 2/28 at 11 a.m. ET) Re-airs 8 p.m. ET
News and interviews -- 5 hours (Thurs. 2/23 through Mon. 2/27 at 7 p.m. ET/PT)
Wrapup show -- 1 hour (Wednesday, March 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT)

"We view the NFL Scouting Combine as one of the hidden gems still left in the NFL," said Charles Coplin, NFL Network's vice president of programming. "This is an event NFL Network believes in and will look to grow to NFL Draft-like status."

NFL Network will air three hours of live workouts daily from Saturday through Tuesday, beginning at 11 a.m. ET and featuring future NFL players participating in a variety of drills, including the famed 40-yard-dash. The live midday Scouting Combine workouts re-air on NFL Network each night from 8 p.m. ET/PT to 10 p.m. ET/PT.

NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock and host Paul Burmeister will serve as NFL Network's on-air team for the live workouts and provide daily player reports on the prospects participating.

In addition, NFL Network's signature show, NFL Total Access, will be on location from the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis with news, analysis and interviews featuring host Rich Eisen alongside former NFL and college head coach and current NFL Network analyst Butch Davis. NFLTA will air five consecutive nights of shows from Feb. 23-Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

NFL Network will carry player, coach and general manager press conferences from the NFL Scouting Combine with analysts Adam Scehfter and former Colts and Saints coach Jim Mora, Sr.

With extensive access to daily workouts, head coaches, front-office personnel and players, 2006 NFL Scouting Combine on NFL Network Presented by Reebok will give fans an exclusive opportunity to see how teams are preparing for the upcoming NFL draft April 29-30.

NFL Network's 2006 NFL Scouting Combine coverage also will examine how the combine's drills, tests and interviews are used by NFL teams to make decisions about the NFL draft.

The following is NFL Network's day-by-day telecast plans:
Thursday, Feb. 23
2 p.m. ET -- NFL Scouting Combine press conferences (LIVE)
7 p.m. ET/PT -- NFL Total Access from the Scouting Combine

Friday, Feb. 24
2 p.m. ET -- NFL Scouting Combine press conferences (LIVE)
7 p.m. ET/PT -- NFL Total Access from the Scouting Combine

Saturday, Feb. 2511 a.m. ET -- Workouts: Offensive linemen and running backs (LIVE) (re-airs 8 PM ET/PT)
2 p.m. ET -- NFL Scouting Combine press conferences (LIVE)
7 p.m. ET/PT -- NFL Total Access from the Scouting Combine

Sunday, Feb. 26
11 a.m. -- Workouts: Quarterbacks, wide receivers, running backs (LIVE) (re-airs 8 PM ET/PT)
2 p.m. ET -- NFL Scouting Combine press conferences (LIVE)
7 p.m. ET/PT -- NFL Total Access from the Scouting Combine

Monday, Feb. 27
11 a.m. ET -- Workouts: Tight ends, defensive lineman (LIVE) (re-airs 8 PM ET/PT)
7 p.m. ET/PT -- NFL Total Access from the Scouting Combine

Tuesday, Feb. 28
11 a.m. ET -- Workouts: Linebackers, defensive backs (LIVE) (re-airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT)

Wednesday, Mar. 1
8 p.m. ET/PT -- 2006 NFL Scouting Combine wrapup show

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