Flushing the Pro Bowl
Well the Pro Bowl is finally over. Some of the biggest stars in the NFL all took the field on Sunday. It drew a 5.0 rating which is down from last year’s 5.6 rating. The year before that, it received a 6.7. So why is it that the Pro Bowl is sinking so fast?
Well first off, the 6.7 rating came when the game was NBC. The 5.6, and this year’s were on ESPN. I am not in the television industry, but if I am hosting an event that is already considered a laughing-stock, I wouldn’t want to put it on a channel that is not in the basic cable package. The same kind of ratings drops have also occurred with the NBA All-Star Game with it being on TNT. It is unclear why if ABC and ESPN are part of the same company, why they wouldn’t put the game on ABC.
Another thing that is killing the Pro Bowl is the lack of an event-like feel. For the Pro Bowl, you are essentially going to a watered down football game. You can see better football at a high school game now days.
The Pro Bowl is lacking functions in comparison to the other major sports All-Star events. If you look at the NBA or the MLB, those two have an entire weekend basically filled with events and activities. The NBA has skill challenges, the rising stars game, the dunk contest, the three-point contest, and the celebrity all-star game. The MLB has the home run derby.
The NFL could have skills challenges among different players. I am sure they could get celebrities to participate in a flag football game or a 7-on-7 game. They may not be huge crowd drawing events, but it would make it seem more like a larger event rather than a just another game.
The last thing that seems to be hindering the game is the non-fundamental stupidity of the game. Over the years we have seen players basically lay down to avoid being touched. This past weekend saw Richard Sherman try to run the ball… and proceed to lose 20 yards. Michael Bennett also received a handoff on which he gained seven yards. There have been more and more players who are in positions that they do not generally play.
This year’s Pro Bowl will once again spark the what seems to be a yearly debate now of whether or not they should even have it.
It seems that the time has come for the NFL to make some kind of change to the Pro Bowl or simply flush it away.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/flushing-the-pro-bowl/https://i2.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/a-6.jpg?fit=600%2C400&ssl=1https://i2.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/a-6.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1NFLMichael Bennett,pro bowl,Richard ShermanWell the Pro Bowl is finally over. Some of the biggest stars in the NFL all took the field on Sunday. It drew a 5.0 rating which is down from last year's 5.6 rating. The year before that, it received a 6.7. So why is it that the Pro...Malachi DavidMalachi Davidmalachidavid89@Gmail.comContributorHey there! Journalism student in the dairy state. Covering NBA and the NFL.MyFantasySportsTalk