Goodell unhappy with Pro Bowl again

If it seems we’ve been down this road before it’s because we have.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters today assembled for Sunday’s Super Bowl that he is “disappointed” with what he saw in last Sunday’s Pro Bowl and that he is “open to new ideas” about how the league will “celebrate our great players” in the future.

Whether that means scrapping the game itself remains to be seen, but Goodell sounded clear in his desire that if there is a “competition” it be more intense.

Pro Bowl players responded with more contact in 2013 when Goodell first threatened to scrap the game because of soft play. But this year’s event often resembled two-hand touch more than tackle football.

“It’s not the kind of game we want to have in its current format, based on what I saw last week,” Goodell said.

The NFL has the option of moving the Pro Bowl away from Hawaii next year, but Goodell declined to address where the event might be held in 2017.


  1. Pomai February 5, 2016 1:42 pm

    Well here is my 2ยข, pay the expense’s for each player to stay here, set up some kind of package deal for the family. Then winner take all for the game, this years payout was $59,000.00 to the winner and $29,000.00 to the loser. Next year the payout is $61,000.00 for the winner and $30,000.00 for the loser, if it was winner take all that would be a cool $91,000.00 for a weeks work. Also they could set up some kind of insurance package in case of injury.

    I think the injury part is the biggest obstacle in getting them to play full speed.

  2. Forsurftoo February 5, 2016 3:25 pm


  3. nomu February 5, 2016 10:20 pm

    Have the players compete against each other in speed drills, etc. and then to finish off the afternoon, have each all star team play from the 25 yard lines (like in OT), winner take (all or most)? Just rambling off the cuff.

  4. turfwar February 5, 2016 10:38 pm

    End the game. Doesn’t make sense. Too much at stake and the winnings for a single game will never match what they risk in a contract that comes after making a pro bowl. That exhibition of football was embarrassing.

  5. el burro sabio February 5, 2016 11:27 pm

    If Goodell wants to improve the game, he should move the game back to the week after the Super Bowl, change the format back to NFC vs. AFC, and then resign.

  6. kk808 February 5, 2016 11:51 pm

    Revert back to AFC vs NFC so teammates don’t have to play against each other. Payout should be perhaps $80,000 to the winner and $20,000 to the loser. Perhaps they could also choose a charity to play for. In the second half the losing team gets the ball back after they score.

  7. Krusha February 6, 2016 8:31 am

    Blame the refs for the non contact of this game. Just looks at the Michael Bennett play near the game of the game if you want a good example. The refs are hired by the NFL, and apparently they gave them specific instructions to make it a non-contact game.

  8. Roger February 6, 2016 11:56 am

    Scrap the game. Traffic was bad and the game itself lost it’s luster. Even if they thinking of having it in Australia. Who would pay to go there?

  9. FCWarrior February 6, 2016 1:53 pm

    Regarding how Aloha Stadium handled the Pro Bowl, it was horrible.
    1. Long lines to get in, got to our seats with 3 mins. left in the first quarter
    2. Stood in the concession lines near the end of the second quarter, after 20 minutes, was told “they ran out of food”
    3. Stood in another concession lines for at least 45 mins., got to our seats at the end of the third quarter.

    As frustrating as it was, I decided to “stick it out” to see how bad things are with the stadium despite missing 2/3’s of the game.

    Never again will I attend any function at the stadium (except UH football which I will continue to support)

  10. Annoddah Dave February 6, 2016 4:37 pm

    DR: I think that the HSTA should not pay the NFL the $5M for the Pro Bowl and the give the money to UH Athletics instead. That should more than make up the athletic deficit at UH.

  11. Kazu February 6, 2016 5:14 pm

    The city give the NFL a special permit to serve booze on the beach and the NFL in turn gives the fans a lousy game.Of course the State didn’t do much better on how they handled this event. Best thing is no more Pro Bowl and the State can use the money they paid to have the game here to some other use.

  12. Paniolo February 6, 2016 8:52 pm

    I just don’t care to attend or watch on television the NFL Pro game. Why? It’s not football in any sense of the word. You can’t block a punt, you can’t do this or that. The players doesn’t want to hurt themselves because of that your not seeing a real NFL game.
    They should scrape it altogether.

  13. 3-Prong February 8, 2016 10:32 pm

    50,000 ticket buyers, the players, their families, and most of hawaii disagree with you Commissioner. You are in the minority.

  14. 3-Prong February 8, 2016 10:35 pm

    Mr. Governor, we are still awaiting your Stadium Authority’s explanation on why the long lines to get in and the reasons for the traffic…

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