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NFL awards Las Vegas a Pro Bowl, which might be one way to rejuvenate the game

Discussion in 'The Sports Book' started by zoobrew, Jun 16, 2020.

  1. zoobrew

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    Las Vegas lost the NFL draft when a public health crisis hit the world, but the NFL is still full steam ahead with promoting its newest market.


    It’s a little surprising considering Orlando had seemed to be settling in as the new home of the Pro Bowl. Orlando bid on the game in 2021, according to reports. And while the NFL thanked Orlando and said it looked forward to “creating more memorable moments together in the future,” it makes sense for the NFL to move its all-star game to Las Vegas for at least one trial run.

    It could end up helping Las Vegas and the Pro Bowl itself.

    https://sports.yahoo.com/nfl-awards-las-vegas-a-pro-bowl-which-might-be-one-way-to-rejuvenate-the-game-184756462.html
     
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    As long as there's money to be made, and players don't have to injure themselves, they'll keep trotting out a pro bowl. All-star games don't make much sense any more, other than to the leagues, host cities and anyone making money off the event. People will pay money to attend as long as you have them, but they seem beyond pointless. Baseball is the only one I have an ounce of interest in, and I was in the 1% of baseball fans who wasn't offended that the outcome of an exhibition game determined where game 1 of the World Series is held.

    But good for Vegas. Players aren't as impressed with a free trip to Hawaii any more, perhaps Sin City will get a few of them excited about showing up. (But not Erin Rodgers.)
     
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    Crowds will be better than it was in Orlando
     
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    It will not rejuvenate the game. Its a dead format. Nobody worth a damn wants to play and teams don't want their highly paid stars to play. But they can't call it the Pretty Decent Players Bowl. It may still make $$ for the league and the city, but the game will be an uninteresting slog.

    During quarantine, I watched a lot of old sports, and one thing that really stood out was when I was watching the 1975 MLB All-Star game... the players were really invested in the game. Compare that to any all-star game now, the only one that almost is interesting is the NBA.

    The problem is that when the ratings and popularity of the format started waning, the networks and leagues added all this other "stuff" to the presentation... A 3:47 minute over-produced love-song version of the Star Spangled Banner by "Grammy Award winning and Deca recording artist so-and-so", celebrities pimping their new shows, funky baseball hats or crazy football jerseys, bands playing on the field pregame, endless pregame produced garbage (though I think they are supposed to be inspirational) montages, highlights from the Home Run Derby/Dunk Contest etc, and generally anything not related to the game that we are supposed to be invested in.

    Getting back to that '75 ASG, the broadcast was perfect... players on the field for the introductions, National Anthem, then Vida Blue starts pitching to Pete Rose. Brilliant in its simplicity. But the cat is out of the bag, and the importance (and excitement) of any sport's all-star game is nil.

     
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    Three strikes against the Pro Bowl. First is that it's a meaningless game after an already long season. When the PB was meaningful, they only play 12-14 games and shorter playoffs. Second is money. Way back when, players could actually use the extra cash. Some had off season games. With today's salaries, the game money just isn't in play. Third is playing the week before the Super Bowl. If you had any chance of getting any of them to play, that does it. All things considered, this gives you a good reason to check out some reruns of Gunsmoke or Mr. Belvedere.
     
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    Watching the Pro-Blow was like watching 2-hand touch football. Everything was slow speed and nobody wanted to get hurt. The only reason I could see going to the PB was for the trip to Hawaii. Once it was moved, it was never an event I could plan on attending. I would attend if I was already in Vegas, but not for a special trip.
     
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    NFL Pro Bowl is probably the worst sports event of the year, cant believe they haven't scrapped this garbage "game" yet
     
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    I think Vegas make sense for the pro bowl It's not like you are watching your favorite team or anything that you're super invested to, so usually it's the events just like any all-star weekend. Orlando is at the outside of driving distance for me or usually a cheap flight; but since I'm not really into Disney there isn't a huge draw for me to go. Vegas OTOH, I can get behind having the game as a few hours of entertainment, but have the casinos, the food, the drinks, the shows, the food, the gambling, the food and other things to keep my occupied.
     
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    As much as I have no value for the MLB all-star format (home field for the winner), I think that format would be beneficial to the NFL and NBA. The best players in the NFL don't play in the pro bowl because they just got done with their season. But if they put the Super Bowl in the city of the winning Pro Bowl conference, they would play. It could mean the difference of the championship the next season. In the NBA, it would really boost the level of competition in their All-Star game. Although the powers- that-be in Las Vegas may not allow another All-Star game in town. I wonder if that will affect whether the city allows the NFL to do it.
     
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    Wouldn't work realistically as cities need more than a year to plan for hosting a Super Bowl, and then you have to decide what city in the conference gets the Super Bowl. You'd have to tie winning the Pro Bowl to a Super Bowl three or four years down the line. Could it work for the NBA? The NBA Finals are not at a neutral site, so I'm not sure what you'd play for.

    I was one of the five people not offended by the former MLB All-Star Game format. But the winning league hasn't had home field advantage in the World Series for a few years now.

    As for a Pro Bowl in Vegas: Good for the economy, but the game is still of no interest to me.