NFL could eliminate the Pro Bowl
The NFL will consider dropping the Pro Bowl if the level of play does not improve, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday night.
The Pro Bowl will be played this season, a week before the Super Bowl, but its future beyond this season is in serious doubt.
“If we cannot accomplish that kind of standard (of high play), I am inclined to not play it,” Goodell said, according to ESPN. “It is really tough to force competition, and after a long season, to ask those guys to go out and play at the same level they played is really tough.”
Goodell said Pro Bowl voting will continue because it is an honor for the players, but the game itself could be dropped.
The NFL considered eliminating the game last season, but the players lobbied to keep it, noted NFL.com.
“The players asked if they could take another crack at it and they wanted to try to work to make the game more competitive,” said Goodell, reported by NFL.com.
It is unclear what steps the players and league will take to try to improve the game. The level of play in this season’s Pro Bowl will likely determine its future.