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ATLANTA – NFL owners discuss the future of the Pro Bowl at this week’s league meetings.
The league has spoken to players and NFL teams and is now exploring alternatives to the week-long Pro Bowl celebration, which could include eliminating the traditional tackle game, Commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed on Tuesday.
No vote is required to approve a change. The NFL, while exploring this with players and TV partners, hopes to make a decision this summer.
Goodell says the NFL will consider making the Pro Bowl a celebration of players instead of playing an actual game.
“I think the conclusion [of discussions] was that the game itself does not work, “Goodell said Tuesday.” And we have to find another way to celebrate our players. “
The annual all-star game, which airs on ESPN, has suffered in recent years due to players withdrawing and the lack of competition due to injury problems.
The NFL has been playing a traditional Pro Bowl game somehow since 1938. Festivities surround the game, including dodgeball, throwing competitions, and skill challenges in the past.
Goodell said the league concluded the game was ineffective after talks with the union – and Goodell spoke in person with several players.
“[The goal is] to celebrate that it’s our Pro Bowl players, the best players in our league, and give them the opportunity to celebrate it with our fans, “Goodell said.” We’ve talked about some of the events surrounding the Pro Bowl really is, extremely popular, whether it’s the quarterback challenge or some of the other events. So those are some of the things that we will continue to discuss. “