NFL decides to keep Pro Bowl

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.

  • Bill

    I think getting elected to be a Pro-Bowler is still important.

    Players want the bragging rights…and the money that comes with it.

    Playing the game is…eh…not really important. No matter what anyone says, football is dangerous when played at a competitive level…so it isn’t ever going to be played at a real competitive level.

    Always having it in the same arena is part of the problem with ticket sales. It isn’t special for the locals. They don’t even have an NFL team! Why would they care?

    They need to rotate the location so at least one NFL team’s fans care about the game. I think every other sport does this….am I wrong? If the players really want a trip to Hawaii, then the NFL or the teams can give them their own trip there as a ‘prize’. Not that they can’t afford it, but a little recognition is nice no matter what your job is or how much it pays.

  • BrianFitz

    OMG…the Pro Bowl is a JOKE…(did you watch this past years game) and the biggest problem with it is that they play it before the Super Bowl…what the frak ?? so the best players/teams don’t even play in the Pro Bowl !! because they sure as heck aren’t going to take a chance on getting hurt in the Pro (its hard to even call it that) Bowl and then not be able to play in the Super Bowl…dahuh.
    Last years game ( and that sorry excuse of a game that they had down in Miami) was more like Flag Football.
    Having the Pro Bowl before the Super Bowl is the stupidiest thing they have ever done to Football.

    I do agree with “Bill” (above) that they should rotate the Game’s location around and also make it mandantory that every player there has to do at least a 4 hour autograph signing gig. That way Fans that can’t afford to travel all over the country side ( much less to Hawaii) can get an autograph from some of their favorite players when the Game rotates around to somewhere closer to where they live.
    NOTE: trust me whwn I say that if any NFL player want to go to Hawaii, he’s got plenty of cash to do it.