Dec. 26, The controversy continues to brew over the validity of the NFL Pro Bowl game. The NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, has been very critical and vocal in his discontent regarding the NFL players’ performance in the game.
Earlier in 2012 the NFL Commissioner went on record stating that he is seriously considering cancelling the Pro Bowl permanently, do to poor performance by the players.
The NFL players responded through their Union, releasing a statement that the 2013 Pro Bowl game will be more aggressive. The Pro Bowl has been given a reprieve for now, but there is still some uncertainty in the fate of the All-Star game, for the future.
The NFL is considering a number of changes for next season. These changes include alterations to the overall structure of its calendar. The NFL is considering shortening the preseason, extending the regular season and expanding the playoffs are expected to be part of those talks. The Pro Bowl’s future will again be on the line.
DeAngelo Hall, corner-back for the Washington Redskins, quoted, “I don’t know why everybody is bitching and complaining. I’m sure they generate enough revenue not to want to shut it down, so I don’t know why there’s complaining about the quality of the game. It’s not the Super Bowl; it’s not a playoff game. It’s an all-star game. We need to remember that. It’s an all-star game. We go out there to have fun.”
This is the very approach to the game, that leaves the game’s future “up in the air.” According to NFL.com the league is still weighing the “Pros and Cons” of the game.
“Pro: Fans like the idea of an all-star game.
Con: Fans like all-star games because they want to see elite skills on display; that’s not what they see at the Pro Bowl.
Pro: The league gets an extra week of television programming.
Con: For the true football fan, the action that programming provides is basically not watchable.
Pro: Sponsors have liked the game.
Con: They’re starting to see the ratings as hollow, because of the quality of game, which has brought sharp criticism they’re hesitant to want to be associated with.
Pro: The players like it.
Con: The players like it because it’s a vacation, and they treat it as such.”
One league source said the players have been given the opportunity to keep the game going and make it a better product that’s closer to NFL quality.
Commissioner Roger Goodell, solicited opinions from union leaders and veterans across the NFL; the feedback was that players like the Pro Bowl experience, but mainly because they enjoy the social aspects.
After the 2012 Pro Bowl, Goodell told the players to “fix it this year on their own; otherwise, the league could move to alter or eliminate it.”
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