Every year it seems we hear about the NFL Pro Bowl, and how there is talk of ending it due to low ratings. Yet every year, the Pro Bowl still makes its annual appearance in the same stale site in Honolulu. It’s getting old NFL. Today word is spreading that the Pro Bowl will be suspended indefinitely. Instead of suspending it, how about we look at some options to make it better, for fans and the NFL.
For years I’ve always thought the Pro Bowl should have its date moved. For the longest time, it was the weekend after the Super Bowl. This was by far the worst weekend to have it for fans. As a Fan, my excitement peek is always the Super Bowl. It’s the pinnacle, there is nothing better. So anything after that is just a blip on the excitement radar. I cannot tell you the last time I heard someone say, “Man, I can’t wait to watch the Pro Bowl next weekend”. The NFL tried to improve this by moving the Pro Bowl to the off week before the Super Bowl. However, it still fell flat mostly because the Super Bowl teams pro bowlers can’t even attend because the game is always in Honolulu.
Here is the solution that I came up with, that should actually save the NFL money, increase attendance, and make the game an overall great fan experience. Move the Pro Bowl to the day before the Super Bowl and have it at the same site. Now, with both games at the same site, Super Bowl players who made the Pro Bowl can at least make an appearance for the fans and sign autographs even if they don’t participate. This will also be great for the fans because now fans all across the country can see the Pro Bowl. Traveling to Honolulu to see the Pro Bowl has never crossed my mind, not once. However, if the game was in my home state, I would seriously consider it. I would also revive the old NFL skills competition that I loved watching as a kid. It was great watching my favorite QB’s see who could throw the ball the farthest, my favorite RB/WR run the skills gauntlet, or my favorite defensive players run the defensive gauntlet.
The Pro Bowl is just too boring as it stands now, and is not accessible to most fans. Make it a huge weekend that celebrates the NFL just like the NBA does with its All-Star weekend, and MLB does with the All-Star game. Have the skills challenge during the day on Saturday, the Pro Bowl Saturday night, and then the Super Bowl Sunday night. A huge weekend filled with events for the fans, increased revenue, and best of all a new site every year. That is how the Pro Bowl should be, not dead and suspended indefinitely.