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Is The NFL’s New Pro Bowl Really Going To Be Better Than The Old Pro Bowl?

Submitted by on August 4, 2013 – 1:29 pmNo Comment
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The National Football League refuses to give up on the Pro Bowl. That’s the only explanation I can come up with for why they just decided to scrap the current Pro Bowl game in exchange for a much different one that, in all likelihood, will produce the same results as the old one. Rather than have the best players from the AFC take on the best players from the NFC next season, like they always have, the NFL is going to instead set up a “fantasy-like” Pro Bowl Draft next season that will feature Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders drafting the Pro Bowl teams. The former Pro Bowlers will be able to pick any players that they want during the draft, with 43 players total playing on each team. The NFL is also eliminating kickoffs from the game and will switch possession of the ball after each and every quarter. It should result in a high-paced, high-scoring contest that will look a lot different than the old Pro Bowl.

Our question after hearing about the changes: Why? On the surface, the NFL is really trying to do something different with the new Pro Bowl format. But the problem is that the players who make the team are not going to play any harder than they did in past Pro Bowls because of the new format. And that’s always been the biggest problem with the Pro Bowl. Players play at half-speed and don’t seem to care whether or not they win the Pro Bowl, which results in a relatively boring game that no one cares about. And we don’t see this new format helping to change that. It might be interesting to see it in action for the first year or two, but once the novelty wears off, it’ll be the same old Pro Bowl.

Sometime in the near future, the NFL is going to have to take a good, hard look at the Pro Bowl and try to determine whether it’s actually a necessity. I would much rather see NFL players take part in some sort of skills challenge at the end of the year as opposed to sit and watch a bad Pro Bowl for three hours. There are still people out there who enjoy the Pro Bowl, simply because it gives them one last football fix before the offseason. But in the long term, the NFL is going to have to come up with something better than this new Pro Bowl format if they want it to be successful. Because despite the changes, the new Pro Bowl isn’t really all that different from the old Pro Bowl. And over time, it’s going to yield the same results as the old one.

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