The Pro Football Hall of Fame will get its annual moment in the sun next week when the football world converges on Canton for the induction ceremonies and the Hall of Fame Game between the Dolphins and Cowboys.
In his inaugural column for the new MMQB website, Peter King writes that the NFL is trying to find a way to shed light on the Hall, which just underwent a sizable expansion, during the regular season as well. According to King, the league is looking into having a second Hall of Fame Game during the regular season each year. Such a game would not take place in Canton, however.
The idea is to label a big regular season matchup a Hall of Fame Game and tie in programs around the host city to spur interest in visiting Canton at times other than the busy week that’s just around the corner. King suggests a traveling exhibit of treasures from that Hall that’s installed at the stadium or a local museum as a way to wet the whistle of fans who might not have yet made the trek to see the entire collection.
Since there would be no change to the normal course of business for either team, it’s hard to imagine why this idea wouldn’t work as at least a trial balloon to see if it pays off in increased attendance at the Hall.