As arguably the most unappreciated and least watched All-Star game in professional sports, the NFL Pro Bowl is not exactly a big revenue stream from the most popular sport in this country. Even though every player in the league wants to become a perennial Pro Bowler or at least get voted onto a team once or twice in their careers, playing in the game is nowhere near as important as actually being dubbed a Pro Bowler.
With that being said, the NFL is seriously considering getting rid of the Pro Bowl altogether. Now that the game gets pitiful ratings and isn’t taken seriously by the players or the fans, the league will almost certainly discontinue the annual All-Star game in Hawaii.
The league has yet to make an official ruling or announcement regarding the future of the Pro Bowl, but it seems like a forgone conclusion at this point that it will no longer be played. As of right now, the Pro Bowl is set to be played a week before next season’s Super Bowl on Feb. 3. Even though Hawaii is where this game is played every single year, only the site of the next Super Bowl is known with the big game being played in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Superdome.
In professional sports leagues like the NBA and the MLB, the All-Star serves a purpose. In baseball, the winner of the All-Star game will be given home field advantage in the World Series and given a clear advantage to win it all at season’s end. As for basketball, it is more of a show with great athleticism on display by high-fly acts and the league’s best players. Nothing is on the line in the NBA, but it is still a popular event that is anticipated and watched by many.
In the NFL, that just isn’t the case with injuries being a serious concern and the league’s biggest game a week later. With that being said, the Pro Bowl will be no more and no one will argue that it shouldn’t be gone for good.
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