Roger Goodell is on Reddit responding to questions in the annual promotional blitz leading up to the Super Bowl this weekend in New Orleans. One of the Redditors asked Goodell about his perception of the Pro Bowl and what he thought.
“I watched the game and noticed the improved quality of the game. I appreciate the players commitment in this regard,” Goodell wrote. “We need to continually work to make our game better for the fans. I look forward to getting detailed player comment and input over the next few weeks.”
The NFL has been trying for years to rejuvenate the Pro Bowl. Many fans aren’t interested in the festival that is the Pro Bowl. The lack of competition and arguably effort on the parts of the players have cause the fans to ignore the event. They’ve tried moving it to another city, they’ve tried playing the game before the Super Bowl, all in efforts to up the interest in the game.
Last week Peyton Manning gathered NFC and AFC Pro Bowlers together and implored them to give more effort in the game. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com cites sources that claim the NFL is still undecided in regards to the future of the Pro Bowl. One idea is to host the Pro Bowl in the same city as the Super Bowl, the weekend before in an effort to merge NFL activities and increase exposure. It would also be interesting to have the players in the Super Bowl hoopla leading up to it.
The players though seem to want the Pro Bowl to stay in Hawaii and to be played after the Super Bowl. Players from the teams playing in the Super Bowl currently don’t get an opportunity to play in the Pro Bowl.