Is it possible that we have seen our last Pro Bowl? That seems to be the word from league insiders, as reports suggest that the NFL is considering replacing their annual all-star game with something else.
According to the reports, the National Football League appears to be weighing all of their options with regards to the Pro Bowl. They would still prefer to have something during that off-weekend between the Conference Championship Games and the Super Bowl, but not a full game with tackling.
Some of the suggestions that appeared to have come up during discussions with owners in Atlanta are a seven-on-seven game, or some other sort of competition to showcase the players’ skills.
Outside of a skills competition, which the league already holds during Pro Bowl week, it seems as though the NFL’s options are limited. And they probably don’t want to tamper with things too much, as the Pro Bowl has continued to draw quite a few viewers across America.
We’ve seen other leagues like the NHL, NBA and MLB adjust their all-star games in an attempt to attract larger audiences — with varying success. But with a limited numbers of options, it will be interesting to see if the same strategy works for the NFL.