Roger Goodell: Pro Bowl isn’t going away in 2014
The Pro Bowl has survived to live another day — January 26, 2014 to be exact — but could still undergo a format change, according to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
The future of the NFL’s all-star game has been in doubt following lackluster player performances and questions regarding its relevance.
Goodell confirmed Wednesday at the NFL’s annual meeting in Phoenix that the 2014 Pro Bowl will stick with the latest scheduling practice of being played on the Sunday between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl. The venue for next season’s version will again be Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.
Although Goodell partially placed the event’s future in the hands of the players after a particularly uninspired 2012 showing, he said that Pro Bowlers made a “positive effort” in the 2013 game. A 12-million viewership for the 2013 Pro Bowl, which the NFC won 62-35, also helped its cause.
NFL.com reported Tuesday the league is considering major changes to the Pro Bowl including ditching the AFC vs. NFC format and having captains choose two teams from among the players voted into the game.
“The answer going forward will be again if some of these changes are effective and positive and lead to a better event, we’ll continue to find ways to make this game better and more popular with our fans,” Goodell said. “Ultimately, that’s what we’re looking for.”