Pro Bowl proves NFL, NFLPA can still work together

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.

16 responses to “Pro Bowl proves NFL, NFLPA can still work together

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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…

  5. Bring back the NFL’s Fastest Man competition.

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

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

  7. 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

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

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

  9. 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!!

  10. 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.)

  11. 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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