Posted April 04, 2013

Pro Bowl likely to shift to ‘draft’ format in 2014, according to report

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The 2014 Pro Bowl could shift to a "draft" format. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

The 2014 Pro Bowl could shift to a “draft” format. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

The NFL is “increasingly likely” to move toward a “draft” format to spice up the 2014 Pro Bowl, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported on Thursday.

La Canfora reported that the NFL and NFL Players Association are both receptive to the format, in which a draft for both Pro Bowl teams would likely take place on primetime television.

From La Canfora’s report:

The NFLPA proposal, in which team captains and/or other parties pick players for two Pro Bowl teams once fan voting/team selection is complete, was presented to the owners two weeks ago at the league meeting and continues to generate positive momentum, sources said. There are no dissenting voices and league officials met this week to add to the skeleton they have in place for the format change, though more work must be done.

In late March, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell officially confirmed that the Pro Bowl would last at least another year. It will be played again at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. In announcing its continuation, Goodell said the league would continue to work to make the game more attractive to fans.

“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.”


12 comments
JohnSpray
JohnSpray

I grew up watching the college all-stars play the defending N.F.L. champs every year and, though the kids only sometimes won, it was always entertaining.  Here's my idea...pit the team with the worst seasonal record against a team of college players going in the draft.  The kids get big bucks if they win and the N.F.L. team gets an extra first round pick if they win.  Winner take all. That would have a huge audience. 

amolad
amolad

Maybe it's time for the NFL to call "uncle" on the Pro Bowl.

KevinAustin
KevinAustin

This is a horrible idea. Players will just pick players who get the highest bonuses from making the Pro bowl.

JasonSchulte
JasonSchulte

The way thing are going in the NFL the Pro Bowl game is going to be more like regular season games very soon.  Limited contact, no aggression, etc..  Not allowed to tackle as it will be a fine and a penalty.  Now allowed to run into someone as it will be a fine and a penalty.   Someday my kids will get to watch the documentary called "the rise and fall of the NFL."  

Jim C1
Jim C1 like.author.displayName 1 Like

In related news, it was announced that instead of watching paint dry, people are going to switch around the colors of paint before watching it dry.

Jim C1
Jim C1 like.author.displayName 1 Like

In flag football: A) the players care if they win or lose; and B) they aren't taking ridiculous and unnecessary risks of injury for no good reason. 

TURFKING
TURFKING

Pro Bowl is the biggest waste of time in sports - BORING. Never watch this farce.

JRock
JRock

They should all pick two captains and then just pick players like we used to do on the playground. That would be awesome. Kickers would be the last players picked.

RS1022
RS1022

It doesn't matter what they do... So long as the pro bowl game is still flag football, people won't watch

John4
John4

 @RS1022 I like the Pro Bowl as it is now, and do not think they should play hard and possibly get injured.  That wouldn't make any sense at all.  So they play a wide open game with little emphasis on tackling.  No player seems to mind, and the fans seem to love the scoring.  

JasonSchulte
JasonSchulte

 @John4  @RS1022 What fans seem to love the scoring?  It is really a game that nobody cares about.  Considering players that are 5th or 6th in voting often start as the other guys don't want to or have boo boos that prevent them from playing.