(NEW YORK) — The NFL’s annual Pro Bowl still finds a way to get high ratings even though the level of play during the game leaves a lot to be desired. That may all be coming to an end as ESPN is reporting that the league may suspend the Pro Bowl.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is in talks with the NFL Players Association about suspending the Pro Bowl for this year, and possibly beyond. The Pro Bowl is scheduled to be played the week before the Super Bowl, but a game site has not been determined because the status of the game is up in the air.
Goodell reportedly has also gone to the players for suggestions on how to fix the game. Since the season is over for the players in the Pro Bowl, there is little incentive to play with the same intensity that they normally would during the course of the season. Goodell though, holds no resentment towards players who don’t put forth a full effort in the game for health reasons.
If the NFL does indeed go through with this, there would still be a Pro Bowl team, but an actual game wouldn’t be played. Players would still receive bonuses if they are named to a Pro Bowl.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN