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Pro Bowl proves NFL, NFLPA can still work together

Executive director of the NFL Players Association Smith and NFL Commissioner Goodell speak outside the NFL Players Association Headquarters in Washington Reuters

With last week’s flurry of public punches directed by the NFLPA to the NFL, it would have been easy to understand a decision by the league to pull the plug on the one-week vacation culminating in a touch football game played in pads, otherwise known as the Pro Bowl.

The NFL wanted to get rid of it.  The NFLPA wanted to keep it.  In the end, the NFL and the NFLPA found a way to keep it around.

That’s good news, given that the league and the union currently get along only slightly better than a husband with a chronic gastrointestinal problem and a wife with a heightened sense of smell.  (Or vice-versa.)  And it shows that, as in 2011, NFLPA leadership adopts a more reasonable and conciliatory tone once the microphones are out of earshot.

Still, the league wants to improve the game.  And it’s our understanding that NFLPA president Domonique Foxworth has made some very creative suggestions, including some type of a fantasy points element.

Regardless of the specific ideas, it’s going to be very difficult to persuade players who have made it through a full season sufficiently healthy to play in the Pro Bowl to risk playing hard enough to head into the offseason with a significant injury — especially if the Pro Bowler is due to become a free agent.  In the end, money talks and players who aren’t getting very much of it for winning will be inclined to walk, or something close to it, once the game begins.

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16 Responses to “Pro Bowl proves NFL, NFLPA can still work together”
  1. niko0063 says: May 30, 2012 4:17 PM

    Im not a NASCAR fan, but i do watch that one race where there are no point implications, but the winner gets a million bucks. So I say the pro bowl takes that same approach…each player of the winning team gets a mil, losing team gets nothing. Now that i would watch

  2. coutre says: May 30, 2012 4:20 PM

    Roger is just filing this one away to use against De later. Has De won anything yet? I don’t think so. He’s going to end up losing again.

  3. rodgers419 says: May 30, 2012 4:21 PM

    They came to an agreement that they should continue a practice they both make tons of money from.

    Shocking. I’m sure they were at each others throats.

  4. permiepoo says: May 30, 2012 4:26 PM

    I’m happy to see they can work together in regards to the Pro Bowl. The 17 people that watch it will appreciate the effort.

  5. nyyjetsknicks says: May 30, 2012 4:27 PM

    Players do not want to get injuried in a meaningless game. The game is garbage. Have different games for fun with the winners getting money. Play AFC vs NFC games of HORSE, paintball, closest to the pin, longest drive etc…

  6. chuxtah says: May 30, 2012 4:28 PM

    I’m surprised you guys haven’t jumped on the T.O getting released by an arena team story yet.

  7. deangelo23hall says: May 30, 2012 4:29 PM

    Bring back the NFL’s Fastest Man competition.

    That would be way more interesting to watch than walk-through football.

  8. savocabol1 says: May 30, 2012 4:36 PM

    The only thing it proves is if there is money to be made the NFL and NFLPA are all over it.

  9. cooklynn17 says: May 30, 2012 4:36 PM

    Play nice boys…

  10. cush2push says: May 30, 2012 4:37 PM

    Why not make it flag football? Without pads and helmets bring skills competition back. Qb deep throw accuracy a game of horse with the kickers. Coffin corner punter a combo skill with qbs rbs wrs make it fun

  11. j0esixpack says: May 30, 2012 4:53 PM

    Next year’s motto:

    The Pro Bowl – Back by ambivilent demand.

  12. deadeye says: May 30, 2012 4:55 PM

    Oh fantastic! They decide to cooperate over the Pro Bowl!?!

    Please let that lame spectacle die, and find something better to cooperate about.

  13. ruthlssjag says: May 30, 2012 5:41 PM

    The game use to have meaning, having the best versus the best, but now its straight garbage (hence the ratings don’t lie).
    If you wanna base it off meaning, don’t let the FANS have any say in it. Everyone, including myself, is biased to the team they root for, so it would only make sense to exclude that third & introduce it into current/future negotiations.
    I believe the voting is set up currently like this:

    1. Players – a third
    2. Owners/Coaches – a third
    3. Fans- a third

    I say the people who play the game, understand the game, are the one’s who should decide who gets selected to go. I can work with Owner’s/Coaches & Players casting votes, just anything but us fans.
    Sorry guys, if it were up to us (& it has been), its become a popularity contest & I’m sick of seeing guys get snubbed because of name recognition, nuff said!!

  14. teddybayer123 says: May 30, 2012 6:07 PM

    niko0063 says:
    May 30, 2012 4:17 PM
    Im not a NASCAR fan, but i do watch that one race where there are no point implications, but the winner gets a million bucks. So I say the pro bowl takes that same approach…each player of the winning team gets a mil, losing team gets nothing. Now that i would watch.

    Even if this idea isn’t brilliant, which I, too, think it is, at least it’s something. Hold it in the Super Bowl city, the dead week in-between, winner-take-all. How is that not better? (and by the way, no fantasy crap attached.)

  15. bconnor94 says: May 30, 2012 7:20 PM

    Drew Brees wants an explanation

  16. countyk66ers says: May 30, 2012 7:57 PM

    Even though the ratings have been okay I don’t like the game being played before the Super Bowl as there are too many all stars playing in the big game. Go back to after the Super Bowl and find an incentive to make them play harder.

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