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January 30, 2011

NFL Pro-Bowl Weekend

After viewing the first half of the NFL Pro Bowl, you can see the various changes that FOX tried to envelop as apart of their Pro Bowl telecast. They clearly make the game act as a prelude to the Super Bowl with a litany of references to next week’s game. FOX tries to create more of an event rather than a football game as the Goo Goo Dolls performed for about 10-15 minutes before the game, which I enjoyed as it draws in viewers and at least gets you to watch the first bit of the game. But once the game begins, it becomes very similar to a normal Sunday football game on FOX, it becomes boring because clearly none of the players are giving all of their effort and they’re just trying not to get hurt before the off-season. Personally, I would love to see the NFL (and other leagues as well) move to the format that the NHL just went to with the Fantasy Draft idea. In all honesty, I am the farthest thing from a hockey fan; I can maybe name you ten total players in the NHL, yet, I was mesmerized by the fantasy draft show on Friday night. I ended up watching the entire draft on Versus and enjoyed every minute, it was engaging, exciting, and interesting and made the casual fan want to watch. The players were excited, the fans were excited, and you got to see the personality of each of these all-stars as they walked up on stage and received their new team jerseys. Again, I am NOT a hockey fan at all, yet, this captured my interest and not only did I watch the draft but I watched the skills competition and parts of the all-star game as well. The NFL consistently is looking for ways to make the Pro Bowl interesting and generate greater viewership. What a better way to enhance the greatest sport in America, than to take the one thing the NHL got right, and implement it into their all-star experience. I can guarantee you people will be tuning in to see when the respected captains of Team Brees and Team Manning draft Chad Ochocinco, Chris Johnson, and Darrell Revis. If the NFL wants to improve their product as the greatest sport in America, ironically enough it should be looking to the NHL for some ideas.

Posted by mruza at January 30, 2011 09:14 PM

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