Posted March 19, 2013

Report: NFL considering changes to Pro Bowl

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NFL is considering the changes to the Pro Bowl. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

NFL is considering the changes to the Pro Bowl. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

The NFL is considering major changes to the Pro Bowl, including the way the players are selected for the game and the financial rewards for the players involved.

According to NFL.com, the league is not considering changing the date of the game and plans to keep it during the bye week between the conference championships and Super Bowl.

The game draws big ratings and over 12 million people saw this year’s game, which was won 62-35 by the NFC.

The NFL met with the union at the combine to discuss the changes, and the parties have been cooperating with similar goals to keep the game alive and improve it in any way possible. The league hopes to have the changes in place for the spring meeting in May.

Also in consideration is a “draft” concept, which the National Hockey League has used in its All-Star Game to select players.


27 comments
ImmaFubared
ImmaFubared

I thought that instead of a game, hey we've seen enough football by then, other than the SB, why not have contests: punt pass kick and mini teams stuff with money on the line. No one gets hurt, everyone has a good time and they can win a few bucks and the fans get a good joke. 

Delegator
Delegator

The Pro Bowl is like an exhibition game without having the value of helping prepare for the season. Why any player would want to participate, or why any team would WANT a player to participate, in a meaningless end-of-season opportunity for injury, is beyond me. 

horsley1953
horsley1953

It would be a much better game if they just had the players play Madden football and broadcast the video from that.

NickSmythe
NickSmythe

Really need to spice up this game. Should play full contact, but without helmets or pads. Makes things more interesting, ala MMA. Cheerleader bondage competition at halftime. Also losing team had to fend off large mammals at end of game, ala Roman Colesium. I really should produce these events.

Thomas47
Thomas47

I Think best way to make it competitive is to make it winning takes all. Instead of paying everyone put all of the money together and the winning team gets to divide it up.

HarshRealities
HarshRealities

Has anyone else noticed that the stands at the pro bowl in Honolulu are half empty? If it wasn't for the players family and friends and all the tickets given away to the military the game would only draw maybe 10000 fans. What an embarrassment for the NFL.

help4mac1
help4mac1

LOL NFL goes all moral on this instead of taking the money and running.

If players get an all expenses to Hawaii and don't have to play hard and the charade makes money, what's the problem?

jj55
jj55

Revised Pro Bowl: NFL cheerleader All-Stars vs the Lingerie Football League champs in a game of strip football. Cha-ching. One more reason why I should be NFL Commissioner.

dt
dt

I am all for a skills challenge!  Basketball, Hockey, and Baseball all have skills challenges before the game.  But ditch the actual Pro Bowl game.

nfinitwordsfoto
nfinitwordsfoto

The pro bowl in it's current state just sucks.  I'd like to see it become more of a skills thing or something.  Also, if a player who was selected can't make it for any reason, there's no need to have someone take their spot.  Seems like half the league ends up being a pro-bowler after the two superbowl teams are removed and then everyone who doesn't want to go because of an injury.  

MarkBritten
MarkBritten

My personal idea is a 7-on-7 flag tourney and a skills contest.

bondra76
bondra76

Give them weapons, PEDs and play blaring rap music. Then the game will get entertaining.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I've got a great idea. Pay the players bounties! Okay, maybe not, but how about paying bonuses based on fantasy numbers? So many fans play the fantasy game everyone would who was making money.

John4
John4

Why change the NFL Pro Bowl?  Nobody thinks the game should be competitive.  With their less intense play, players do not get injured, and the offenses score lots of points.  That's just what the fans want, it's what the players want, and ratings are fantastic.  Why change anything?  This is nothing more than the NFL "management" overthinking things and recommending changes when none are warranted.  

Where did they get their "management" ideas from?  Jerry Jones?  Leave the Pro Bowl alone.  There is nothing wrong with it.  

For those who think the Pro Bowl should be more competitive, explain why injuries during the Pro Bowl (which WOULD occur in a more competitive game) are a benefit to anyone.  

ImmaFubared
ImmaFubared

 @Thomas47 Unfortunately the union would never let this happen, its players playing without getting paid> NOT! 

jrholtman
jrholtman

 @nfinitwordsfoto A couple years back, Vince Young actually suited up as a AFC Pro Bowl QB after 5 other QBs bailed for whatever reason.  So, unfortunately, if the league insists on actually playing the game replacements are required.

John4
John4

 @bondra76 bondra - stop being such a mental midget.

Or, if you were going for comedy, don't.

Your comment comes across childish, unintelligent, juvenile, dooshy and it makes you appear clueless.  Was that you were going for?  

RobMaynard
RobMaynard

 @Rickapolis They already get paid a handsome amount just for showing up or not.. 10k just to make it and i think it's 20k or 25k for being on the victorious side

jrholtman
jrholtman

The ratings are fantastic?  Compared to what...preseason games or normal television?  I haven't watched the game in years because it is a joke on multiple levels.  The quarterbacks know they only have 2 or 3 defenses to look at including minimal to no blitzes, making the competition on par to the first preseason game.  The other major strike is the fact that OVER 25% of the players are replacements because of the Super Bowl exemption and players backing out for "injury" or whatever BS they sell the league.

tracejuno
tracejuno

 @John4 No offense, but your comment comes across unintelligent, juvenile, dooshy and it makes you appear clueless. However, if you were going for comedy, well, it actually kinda worked.

nfinitwordsfoto
nfinitwordsfoto

 @jrholtman I should have pointed out that I'm in favor of actually ditching the game but having it replaced by other activities.

 

Pursteses
Pursteses

 @John4  

 I see you found your person to bash for the day. Doesn't look like he bit like some do.

RobMaynard
RobMaynard

 @Rickapolis And they get that check whether they show up or not for the pro bowl.. kind of like the entire New England Patriots opting out and still getting their checks..

John4
John4

 @jrholtman it's a meaningless game.  nobody with a brain would play it like a regular game.  The game is an opportunity for the players to have some fun.  Look at the game that way.