They Should Just Call it the Fantasy Bowl - Pro Bowl is Dead
If there was any lingering doubt where the NFL is headed - this should put it to rest
The NFL is starting over with the Pro Bowl. The NFL and NFL Players Association announced radical changes to the format of the beleaguered All-Star game on Wednesday, eliminating the traditional AFC vs. NFC matchup in favor of a fantasy draft-like roster selection. Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will serve as alumni captains, choosing two rosters with the help of two NFL.com fantasy users.
"As players, we wanted to keep the Pro Bowl to honor excellence in individual performance and connect with the fans in a different environment," said NFLPA president Domonique Foxworth, who proposed the changes to the game. "To do that, I worked with a group of players to map out new ideas."The NFL and NFLPA distributed a joint press releaseWednesday, explaining that the changes are designed to make the Pro Bowl "the ultimate fan-friendly celebration of the game." Under the new format, players will be selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and players. Players will be assigned to teams through the Pro Bowl Draft, which will air on Wednesday, Jan. 22, on NFL Network. The 2014 Pro Bowl will be held on Sunday, Jan. 26, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.