While some are angered by the NFL finally ending the Pro Bowl that many have known it to be. Others are extremely relieved as they believed it to be a waste of a game and another version of flag football. While the debate has finally come to an end, it does appear to be sad that many people who look forward to this time will have to reconsider now.
There’s good news tho while the Pro Bowl that many know it to be is officially over. The NFL will continue a week of “Pro Bowl Games” starring these Pro Bowlers instead of an actual game, reported ESPN.
“The Pro Bowl is something that we’ve been looking at for a while, really continuing to evolve,” NFL executive Peter O’Reilly told The Associated Press. “Coming out of last year’s game, we really made the decision based on a lot of internal conversations, getting feedback from GMs and coaches, getting a lot of feedback from players. We think there’s a real opportunity to do something wholly different here and move away from the traditional tackle football game. We decided the goal is to celebrate 88 of the biggest stars in the NFL in a really positive, fun, yet competitive way.
“The feedback very directly from guys who had been in the Pro Bowl recently was to keep the construct of the week, make sure you’re having that multiday element. It was overwhelmingly positive both from players as well as from clubs.”
Five Improvements to make to the NFL Pro Bowl:
- The NFL should find a way to attempt to incorporate a way to get multiple of the biggest stars and celebrities involved. Similarly, the NBA when they do the annual celebrity All-Star game every year.
- The NFL should attempt to make it more centered and cultured around an event. This means the NBA does the All-Star comedy event annually. Many athletes attend, as well as, the biggest comics in the world. If the NFL can find ways to collab with different walks of entertainment that would help them benefit greatly.
- The NFL should do an annual mascot game! Each of the 32 teams’ mascots should form a team and play a game of football allowing every fan of all ages to be involved.
- A tactic that may help engagement in the Pro Bowl will be allowing prop bets and parlay deals. Additionally, if the NFL allowed a deal of alcohol consumption on top of reasonable betting, who in America wouldn’t enjoy that?
- The NFL should allow kids free in for the remainder of the week. Naturally, engagement will grow and it will force many parents (adults) to to come out bringing more and more of a crowd!