Posted: 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2013
By Josh Kirkendall
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has repeatedly expressed concern and disappointment with the league's All-Star game. Despite strong television ratings, the NFL Pro Bowl has put a product on the field that's not only earned scorned from most fans, but as a source of saturated humor for the repeated lack of effort that's being shown.
According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the NFL has eliminated the traditional AFC-NFC game and will be replacing it with a fantasy-like draft.
NFL eliminated traditional AFC-NFC Pro Bowl matchup; will be replaced with Pro-Bowl fantasy-like draft, per ESPN sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 31, 2013
The NFL has been throwing around other ideas in the past, including game show-like element to ensure that "every single minute of the game has some sort of thing that's going to keep fans interested and engaged."
According to Schefter, Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice will be "draft captains" and players will be drafted on either team, which will consist of two 43-player rosters. There will be no more kickoffs and the game is scheduled for Jan. 26 in Hawaii.
On the bright side, there are no implications for home field advantage in the championship game for the winner of an exhibition game. So there's that.