Reports surfaced earlier on Tuesday that confirmed NFL homeowners had been discussing both making modifications to the Professional Bowl or changing the sport with another equivalent to a flag soccer contest or some type of digital expertise.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell spoke later within the day and closely recommended this 12 months’s Professional Bowl was the final of its form beneath the present format.
“I feel the conclusion was that the sport itself, would not work,” Goodell defined, in line with Nick Shook of the league’s web site. “And that we wanted to discover a totally different option to have a good time our gamers. Have a good time the truth that, these being our Professional Bowler gamers, the most effective gamers in our league, and provides them a possibility to have a good time that with our followers. We talked an terrible lot about a few of the occasions across the Professional Bowl are actually extraordinarily common, whether or not it is the quarterback problem or a few of the different occasions, so these are issues that we’ll in all probability construct on.”
Per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN and Pro-Football-Reference, skilled soccer All-Star video games go way back to 1938. Nevertheless, the Professional Bowl because it exists at the moment attracts widespread criticism every winter as a result of gamers both select to not take part or accomplish that whereas specializing in avoiding accidents as an alternative of attempting to win what is essentially a meaningless exhibition.
Fowler added that Goodell admitted discussions with NFL Gamers Affiliation members allowed him to comprehend persevering with what’s develop into half-contact Professional Bowl video games makes little sense exterior of attracting millions of tv viewers.