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NFL PRO BOWL COULD BE SUSPENDED NEXT YEAR
Tue, 01 May 2012 03:35 AM EDT

Many players who will be selected for the NFL draft are regarded as future Pro Bowl selections, but the game itself most likely will be postponed this season and beyond, according to league sources. Football lines

Beyond 2013, another league source thinks the Pro Bowl is “DOA (dead on arrival).”

The next Pro Bowl is booked the week before the Super Bowl in New Orleans on February 3, but a game site has not been listed because of its poor status, sources added. Football spreads

“No resolution has been made yet in relation to this season’s game,” NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello told to the press. “We have been in discussions with the union regarding the way forward for the Pro Bowl.”

Per the collective bargaining contract, the league must consult with the union on Pro Bowl matters but can unconditionally postpone the game. The league would like to have a joint understanding with the union, sources said.

Recently elected NFLPA president Domonique Foxworth said: “The Pro Bowl is a vital tradition we are in talks with the league to enhance and defend the game for our players and fans.”

If the game is postponed, the league still would have a pro Bowl balloting process to identify the season’s significant players and may direct teams to stay open to negotiating Pro Bowl clauses into player agreements and to honor Pro Bowl incentive and escalator clauses to avoid any major clash with the players’ organization. Those players also likely would be honored in some fashion during Super Bowl week.

The league and union held consultations last week as to whether the Pro Bowl can become more attractive but neither side has welcomed a second answer, sources said. Both parts also accord that increased player health and safety concerns have been a contributing factor to a diminished product.

Commissioner Roger Goodell claimed in Feb. that eliminating the game was under thought. In an interview on Super Bowl Sunday, he announced the league must address the standard of the game and even claimed he would contemplate eliminating it if it can’t be improved on.

The AFC routed the NFC 59-41 in last season’s Pro Bowl, which drew boos at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu for its shortage of early intensity.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had claimed that some of his NFC teammates “embarrassed themselves” with the work they gave in the game.

The game still draws solid Television ratings, but isn’t considered a money maker. Although viewership dropped 8.1% in January, the Pro Bowl still was the highest-rated sports program of the weekend.

The big factor is cost, especially when the game is played in Hawaii. And with so many defections — there were twenty alternatives for non-participating players in 2012, including Pro Bowlers from the Giants and Patriots who were busy with the Super Bowl — it raises the question of whether the game is still exclusive.

Hawaii began hosting the game in 1980 and it was held there annually until 2010, when it moved to Miami and was played the week before the Super Bowl there. Before moving it, the NFL related there was a need for a more current stadium in Hawaii.


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