Every year—reactions to the Pro Bowl are mixed. Some argue that regardless of the complaining, Football lovers will still watch. Others say that the game is pointless and should just be eliminated. Is having fun enough reason to keep the Pro Bowl around?
The Pro Bowl introduced some changes this year. The game has moved to Orlando from Honolulu, Hawaii. And it's AFC players versus NFC players. But that isn't enough for critics. Sports Journalist Brandon Lee Gowton called the Pro Bowl a complete waste of time, and many agree. In fact, the ratings were down last year. Actually, the ratings are dropping year after year.
Yet—the NFL announced changes to the game to make it even more fun. And that's the point. The game is meant to be just for fun. Isn't that enough of a purpose? It's a way for players and teams who lost out on a chance at the Super Bowl to play one last "fun" game and have a good time. Isn't that what good sportsmanship is really about?
—Epic Pro Bowl Dodgeball: Pro Bowlers will compete in a game of dodgeball. —Power Relay Challenge: Four team members will compete in a timed relay race. —Precision Passing: Two players on each team will battle it out, trying to hit moving targets of varying size and distance. —Best Hands: Quarterback and wide receiver duos from each team will show off their skills, connecting on as many pass attempts as possible before time runs out.
Writer Brad Berry noted that the NFL has no incentive to eliminate the game. It's highly-watched, regardless of lower ratings in recent years. But he also recommended that if any critics have a problem with the Pro Bowl, it's simple—don't watch it!
Many NFL fanatics literally agree that the Pro Bowl game serves no real purpose.