by Marc Vandermeer
You can see why the players want to rev up the intensity a bit in today’s Pro Bowl. They’ve heard from the Commish that the game is in danger unless the product looks a lot more like the NFL than what was on display last year.
This is my first go around at the NFL’s all star game. From the players’ perspective it’s a great acknowledgement of their accomplishments. Imagine being in paradise with the best and the brightest in your profession. Your family is there to help you celebrate being elite at what you do. That feeling is one of the huge reasons why the players feel they must keep this event going.
Another is the close contact with the fans. There were four practices this week, all in front of NFL die hards. There is zero pressure in preparing for this game, so the contact that the players have is pure fun. There’s a mutual appreciation of what the NFL is all about. And it’s all in an enjoyable setting that underscores a job well done.
But the future of the Pro Bowl will depend on what comes across on the flat screens on the mainland. The ratings have been terrific, with the game now played the week between the championship games and the Super Bowl. Now, the product must meet the expectations and goals of ownership.
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