In an effort to inject some life into the stale Pro Bowl, the NFL is reportedly considering a move to a “draft” format for the yearly All-Star game.
The news comes from CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora:
The NFL is increasingly likely to move to a 'draft' format for the Pro Bowl, according to league sources, and held more internal meetings on the topic this week.
League officials had lengthy talks this week at the league headquarters in New York putting together more details for the Pro Bowl with things continuing to point to a format where selected players are drafted on teams, very likely on a primetime, televised selection show.
According to La Canfora’s report, once player selection is complete, two captains will draft the teams. As of now, just minor details need to be worked out, and the NFL hopes to have everything in order shortly after the draft.
At this point, nothing can actually hurt the game, right? The Pro Bowl has been losing the respect of the majority of fans in recent years, and any type of change to bring some necessary intrigue comes as a welcomed one.
Still, this doesn’t really correct many of the flaws already in place.
The highly controversial player-selection process won’t change. Players will still avoid the game due to minor injuries. Super Bowl attendees will still miss out. The actual game itself will still be played at about 35 percent of full speed. Defense will still be nonexistent.
Regardless of what side of the gridiron the players are on, the quality of play is unlikely to improve drastically.
However, this does bring forth some new, appealing details, as the draft itself will undoubtedly attract viewership, and depending on how teams shake out, it could be worth the watch just to see teammates square off against each other.
Watching Frank Gore try to bowl over Patrick Willis? Yes, please.
The Pro Bowl still needs a lot of fixing, but this is certainly a step in the right direction.