While Roger Goodell, who also isn’t pleased with the current Pro Bowl, isn’t ready to stick a fork in it just yet. But according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, he may be ready to at least suspend this year’s game.
After 2013? That’s a whole different story.
The next Pro Bowl is scheduled the week before the Super Bowl in New Orleans on Feb. 3, but a game site has not been listed because of its precarious status, sources added.
Sources say that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who has previously voiced his displeasure with the lack of competitiveness in recent Pro Bowl games, is strongly considering suspending this year’s game, sources say.
Beyond 2013, another league source believes the Pro Bowl is “DOA (dead on arrival).”
If the game is suspended, the league still would have a Pro Bowl balloting process to identify the season’s top players and would direct teams to negotiate Pro Bowl clauses into player contracts and to honor Pro Bowl incentive clauses to avoid any serious conflict with the players association. Those players also likely would be honored in some fashion during Super Bowl week.
This a move that should have been made years ago. All Star games are nice and all, but there really isn’t a need for one in the NFL.
And since no one was watching anyhow, might as well can it.