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Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:27 am
Edited on: February 6, 2012 8:59 am
Goodell said the Pro Bowl could be eliminated. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Last Sunday's Pro Bowl was a sloppily-played joke of a game that was ripped by fans and the media. Aaron Rodgers came out and said some of his NFC teammates should be "embarrassed" by the way they played. LeSean McCoy told us that he was "one of those guys" who didn't try.

Which may explain why Roger Goodell said on Sunday morning that the NFL is "considering eliminating" the Pro Bowl.

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"I really didn't think that was the kind of football that we want to be demonstrating for our fans," Goodell said on Mike and Mike Sunday morning. "And you heard it from the fans. The fans were actively booing in the stands. They didn't like what they were seeing."

At the very least, Goodell said, something's going to change or the game will go away.

"We're either going to have to improve the quality of what we're doing in the Pro Bowl or consider other changes or even considering eliminating the game if that's the kind of quality game we're going to provide," Goodell said. "I know players love to be in Hawaii but we have to start with the quality of what we're doing.

"If the fans are responding negatively to what we're doing, we better listen. And that was my message."

Say whatever you want about Goodell (and if you're a Steelers fan, you'll probably say a lot), but the guy knows how to make the game of football more popular. If getting rid of the Pro Bowl does that, then Goodell won't hesitate to do so.

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Since: Sep 7, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 12:04 am

Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

To me it is an easy fix.  Money.  Give the winning team, players, coaches more money than the losing team.  You get some money for making it to the pro bowl and you get even more if you win.

They give winning team more money in the Superbowl than the losing team, so why not do it with the pro bowl.

Football is different than the other sports because no player wants to get hurt the last game of the season (pro bowl).  They may it through a tough season and you don't want to get hurt playing a meaningless game.  So give them money.  Pay to play. 

Since: Feb 5, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:51 pm

Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

The commisioner is in a no win situation that only his fellow commissioners from the other leagues (NBA, NHL, MLB) because there is very little incentive outside of the players meeting certain escalator clauses in their contracts for these players to risk injury. Why should the players give more effort in the Pro Bowl? Why risk any further injury?

The NFL stands for 'NOT FOR LONG' and the players not it is critical that they maximize their worth and minimize any causes of injury and giving maximimum effort in a meaningless game certainly comes with some risk. Former Patriot Running Back Robert Edwards career was ended playing in a celebrity football game in Honolulu. Effort does nothing but create a risk that the players are unwilling too take, and its understandable.

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:22 pm

Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

There's no way is Goodell making the game more popular. In fact he making it WAY worse than ever before. His ridiculous rules changes are taking hard hitting out of the game. Defenseless receiver, helmet to helmet penalties even if the offensive player moves into the path of the defender's helmet.

He is in fact ruining a once great game and i can barely stand to watch it anymore and hear many, many other's saying the same thing. Goodell is great for the game, what a joke.

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:15 pm

Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

The winning conference should get a 3 point head start in the Superbowl ala MLB. LOL

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:49 pm

Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

The Pro Bowl could and would be better if it were moved to the week after the Super Bowl, like it should be, like it started in the first place. That alone could ensure that more players selected for the Pro Bowl would actually play, instead of the players that were going to play in the Super Bowl turning it down rather than risk injury. Keep the Pro Bowl, just move it back to the first Sunday in February and move the Super Bowl back to the last Sunday in January, and leave them there in those slots.

Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:45 pm

Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

There is no incentive for the players to play hard and risk a career ending injury because they make so much money today.  In the past, being chosen to play in the Pro Bowl was much more than an honor, it was the difference in whether a player had to find a job in the off season or not.  If the players played as hard as they could the possibility of receiving a career ending injury is far greater than just going through the motions.  In fact, the players make so much money today that they wouldn't even play in the game if the NFL didn't make them do so.

The Pro Bowl should be discontinued as a casualty of the success of the NFL.  Pick an All Pro Team and leave it at that

Well stated.  I have nothing to add. 

Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:45 pm

Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

Oh yeah, players should play hard because they're getting little to nothing in return. If the NFL wants to keep this game, they got to give the players a reason to put it on the line. Because all the Pro-Bowl is to them is a game that means nothing and is a stupid risk that could potentially put their career in jeopardy with injury. The Pro-Bowl is a game that is supposed to recognize the best of the NFL, but the incentives are crap. Yet here's the NFL wondering why the players don't give a damn. All-Star games are like that in every sport, although it's more pitiful to watch the NBA All-Stars.

Since: Nov 12, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:32 pm

Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

The Pro Bowl should quickly be abolished.  The game is a joke. It brings down the great sport of football

Since: Feb 5, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 9:44 pm
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Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 9:26 pm

Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

Back when players were players and not clowns the pro bowl was taken seriously and the cast played for pride, these jokers today only care about the cash and treating their entourage to a free be to Hawaii. Today's player may be better then the old timers but I'll take them in a heart beat over the current cast, at least they had some pride.another thing Goodell can think about getting rid of is the celebrating after a score,the dancing is getting old and boring, as someone once said act like you've been there before.

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