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Peter Schaffer
NFL Agent

Peter Schaffer

Agent and professor of sports law

A Better Pro Bowl


American sports fans love have loved their all star games since the first Midsummer Classic which featured such legends as Ruth, Gehrig, Cobb and Greenberg. Since then all professional leagues have played their own form of all star galas.

The main benefit of the NHL, MLB and NBA affairs is that they are played at season's midpoint. But due to its physical nature and time, the Pro Bowl has diminished to a glorified flag football game.

In order to give legitimacy, watchablity and excitement the NFL needs to make solid and substantial changes. For example increasing the player's and coaches' shares, increasing dramatically the difference from winning and losing shares is a good incentive and place to start. Additionally, guaranteeing all player contracts for the subsequent years against injury in the game would help. So too would removing all kickers and punters from the game so teams have to play all four downs.

The league can also get more clever and allow fans to coach the games and call the plays. Even allowing selected fans to assist on kick offs etc.

Other concepts would be to play an NFL versus college all star game or changing the format to divide the teams in interesting manners from college conferences, to young guns versus veterans.

At the end of the day the NFL is entertainment, and the Pro Bowl should be entertaining to watch. The fan fascination with the game can be heightened with creative and positive changes but it'll take some cleverness to make it more watchable.

By Peter Schaffer  |  February 6, 2009; 10:53 AM ET  | Category:  NFL , Peter Schaffer Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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