When Roger Goodell and the NFL began talking about the possibility of discontinuing the Pro Bowl due to a lack of performance by the players, the NFL's stars stepped up and gave us a better product in the 2013 Pro Bowl. That increased level hasn't stopped the NFL from considering ending the tradition.
At this week's quarterly league meetings in Boston, the Pro Bowl discussion has once again surfaced. Although the Pro Bowl continues to score well in ratings, and thus money, the league continues to talk about ending the game.
In all reality, the Pro Bowl will be here for the foreseeable future. As long as the NFL is making money on the game and ratings are good, there's absolutely no incentive for the league to stop staging the exhibition. The fans like the game, the players seem to enjoy the trip and recognition and the league makes money. That's a win-win-win situation.
Chances are good that we'll continue to hear talk over the next few years that the game will be discontinued, and that may happen at some point down the road. The league should consider altering the format of the game to ensure player safety while still delivering an all-star game.
Personally, I'd like to see more position skill challenges during Pro Bowl weekend. Those types of football related competitions don't carry a high risk for injury, and they're easy and fun to watch. That's just one suggestion from one football blogger. If you have a way that the NFL could improve the Pro Bowl, drop us a comment below.