The future of the Pro Bowl may be in jeopardy
In years past the Pro Bowl was a day to honor those players who had standout seasons. It was also the last football game of the season, until it was moved to a week before the Super Bowl. Now we may no longer have football’s All-Star game, and this could be the first season without it.
The next Pro Bowl is set for February 3, but where the game is to be played has yet been determined. According to sources, the ratings for this past Pro Bowl game dropped 8.1 percent, but it was still the highest-rated sports program of the weekend. The National Football League and the Player’s Association are in discussion concerning the future of the game.
The lackluster performance and quality of the game has been noticed by the fans, the players, and commissioner Roger Goodell. There has been a lack of competitiveness displayed in recent years, and this year was no different.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had said that some of his NFC teammates “embarrassed themselves” with the effort they gave in the game.
Goodell has asked the players for suggestions to improve and make the game more attractive, but nothing has stood out. The quality of the game that is being played now doesn’t make the NFL or the players look good. Also, those who are representing a conference champion team will also bail out because the Super Bowl is played the following week.
In an appearance on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” on Super Bowl Sunday, Goodell said the league must address the quality of the game and even said he would consider eliminating it if it can’t be improved upon. The game can also not be suspended without the union’s approval.
The commissioner also understands and does not hold any ill will to the players’ effort because of individual player health and safety issues. If the game does end up being suspended, they will still hold the Pro Bowl balloting recognizing the season’s top players. Those players chosen would also be honored sometime during the week of the Super Bowl. He would also direct teams to remain open and honor Pro Bowl incentives in players’ contracts to avoid any conflicts with the players association.
It is apparent that the NFL and the union seem to be ok without the game. The fans might not miss it at all either. The future of the Pro Bowl may be in jeopardy.