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NFL Pro Bowl in big, big trouble

April 26, 2012 - Robert Collias
ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting and radio talk shows are spouting off — between draft drivel — about the NFL Pro Bowl being suspended for this season and beyond.

The next Pro Bowl in 2013 was supposed to be played in New Orleans one week before the Super Bowl is there, but the last Pro Bowl in February at Aloha Stadium drew boos from the fans because of the clear lack of commitment to the game.

Here is a key excerpt from Mortensen's story linked above:

"No determination has been made yet about this season's game," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told The Associated Press in response to ESPN's report. "We have been in discussions with the union about the future of the Pro Bowl."

Per the collective bargaining agreement, the league must consult with the union on Pro Bowl matters but can unilaterally suspend the game. The league would like to have a joint consensus with the union, sources said.

Newly elected NFLPA president Domonique Foxworth tweeted Thursday: "The Pro Bowl is an important tradition we are in talks with the league to improve and preserve the game for our players and fans."

Read all of that to mean that the game is done as long as everybody gets their money.

The AP is reporting that the death of the game is not a done deal, yet.


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