I guess breaking up really is hard to do. After NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced plans to end the Pro Bowl Game, the NFL has now announced the 33rd Pro Bowl Game will go on as scheduled, in Hawaii, one week before the Super Bowl in 2013. Surprisingly enough, it was the players who saved the game.
NFL Executive Vice President Ray Anderson said, “The players have made it clear through the NFL Players Association that they would like the opportunity to continue to play the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. We look forward to working with the players toward the goal of improving the competitiveness of this season’s game.”
Goodell had previously shared his desire to end the tradition after the lack of play by the athletes in this year’s 59-41 AFC victory. The Pro Bowl is an expensive endeavor to produce – one that makes virtually none of that money back thanks to a traditionally lack of fan interest and poor ticket sales – and for the players to not even attempt to be competitive, it just didn’t seem worth it. It was worth it to the players though, and they have promised to make the game more competitive in order to keep it. “The players believe that the Pro Bowl is an important tradition,” NFLPA president Domonique Foxworth said. “We worked hard with the league to make sure the best players in the NFL are honored for their achievements on the field.”
So, for now, the game must go on, much to the delight of the players and, of course, the city of Honolulu where the game is played. The question is, will you be watching? If it does turn out to be anything like this year’s game, I certainly won’t be.