dletter: 12.5 million viewers
Shaggy_C: skills competition
MAYORBOB: Is there any sporting event more irrelevant than the freaking Pro Bowl? How about the NBA All Star game? How about the NHL Winter Classic? How about the continual left turns that is NASCAR?
bhcompy: Look, if you want to make the Pro Bowl kind of cool, make it a flag/touch football game.
9beers: Shaggy_C: skills competitionThat would be a lot more fun to watch.
TheUltimateFunctor: This and a skill competition too. I'd totally watch both.
stevie1der: I'd think the Players union would fight pretty hard to keep the game as is, because all the players that opt not to play due to injury or fatigue basically at least doubles everyone who gets to put pro bowler next to their name. If all they do is announce a theoretical pro bowl roster, then David Gerrard doesn't get his pro bowl bonus because Manning, Rivers, and Brady don't want to play.
Mr. Potatoass: Want to make it interesting? Ask yourself: What would Bud Selig do?...The following season, give home field for the Super Bowl to the team of the conference that won the Pro Bowl.
lerxst2112: Mr. Potatoass: Want to make it interesting? Ask yourself: What would Bud Selig do?...The following season, give home field for the Super Bowl to the team of the conference that won the Pro Bowl.That doesn't work considering every Super Bowl site is a neutral field.
dletter: Two reasons:1. Players want the trip2. For January's game, TV ratings were strong, with 12.5 million viewers, making the Pro Bowl the most watched of all all-star games for the 2011 season, but the lack of intensity drew criticism from all sides.As much as Goddell and some owners think the game is "crap"... it is hard to throw away a game that gets 12.5 million viewers, which is better than all other sporting events last year except for the major sports championship level games (NBA Finals, World Series, BCS Games, NCAA Final Four).If fans truly think the game is crap... then don't watch it, and they'll pull it when it gets 4 million viewers. Honestly, Goddell would probably secretly love that.
HawgWild: The Pro Bowl should be AFTER the Super Bowl, dammit!
Mr. Potatoass: Change the "neutral field" requiremen
WhyteRaven74: Mr. Potatoass: Change the "neutral field" requiremenThe logistics of the Super Bowl would make it tricky also, the NFL doesn't want to risk a Super Bowl in Green Bay or Buffalo.
Harry_Seldon: I generally like the Pro Bowl, but it would be better after the Superb Owl.
TheManofPA: 9beers: Shaggy_C: skills competitionThat would be a lot more fun to watch.I used to love the old Saturday morning QB Challenge shows. They could do this but with all the positions.
Nana's Vibrator: This is the game that should be played overseas with high incentives for the winnersa and penalties for the losersWinners get $1 Million eachLosers are demoted to Monster Island and get a 1-game suspension the first game the following season, including players who decline or are "injured."/Yes I'm ridiculous. Why?
Mr. Potatoass: I believe you missed the premise (however unlikely) of my post.Change the "neutral field" requirement. The Pro Bowl automatically becomes relevant.
Shaggy_C: The players just want a free vacation and a chance to rub elbows with the other "best of the best", can you really blame them? I wouldn't mind if they did away with the game itself and replaced it with a skills competition and maybe a flag football game where the players have to swap offense and defense. "Look, Tom Brady is setting up as the Free Safety for the AFC!" Don't bother with the pretense of real competition and it's a lot more fun for everybody.
Mr. Potatoass: TV ratings wouldn't suffer. Hell, who wouldn't tune in to see if Buffalo could win a Super Bowl at home?After a conference title game, 2 weeks is plenty of time for the media, the hookers, the bookies, and the like to converge on any city in North America. Not enough hotel rooms? Tough shiat. Rent a motor-home.
mjg: Just make it a ProAm game, with the top college picks playing against/with NFL players./something like that
IAmRight: Mr. Potatoass: TV ratings wouldn't suffer. Hell, who wouldn't tune in to see if Buffalo could win a Super Bowl at home?After a conference title game, 2 weeks is plenty of time for the media, the hookers, the bookies, and the like to converge on any city in North America. Not enough hotel rooms? Tough shiat. Rent a motor-home.You sound like someone who has never tried to put on an event anywhere near the size of a preseason football game, much less a Super Bowl. The longer the lead time you have, the more in advance people can plan for it, and the more the media and everyone loves you. Having to scramble to make flight plans for a locale that doesn't have enough to support what the Super Bowl festivities have become isn't going to make anyone happy.And when your broadcasters ain't happy, no one's happy.
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