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Report: NFL May Suspend Pro Bowl Starting This Year

By Alan Schechter

Jan 29, 2012; Honolulu, HI, USA; A general view of the stadium with the Pro Bowl logo on the field prior to the 2012 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

The NFL All star game may be taking a leave of absence.

A report has surfaced that the league is talking about suspending the Pro Bowl, effective this season. Currently, the league doesn’t have a contract to play the game in Hawaii in 2013, which would be the next Pro Bowl. Chris Mortensen called the Pro Bowl on “life support”.

The league has tried to make the game interesting, by moving it to the week before the Super Bowl instead of the week after. The restrictive rules, are ultimately what makes the game difficult to watch for most fans, and why they are considering getting rid of it.

They could do a bit more to keep it interesting. For one, they should have the players that are voted in make an appearance, even if they have chosen no to play, or can’t because of the Super Bowl. Maybe making the result of the game determine who is considered the home team in the Super Bowl as well could help.

I still find it interesting, fun to watch, with all the scoring. But I can certainly understand why most people don’t, and therefore why the league is considering doing away with it.