28AT12/07 - Final
27AT12/07 - Final
NFL drastically changes Pro Bowl format
New York (KTSM) — The most maligned All-Star game in professional sports is getting a makeover.
Wednesday, the NFL announced radical changes to the Pro Bowl's format to make it more fan-friendly.
The game will no longer feature the traditional AFC versus NFC format. In it's place, alumni captains Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders pick a fantasy draft-style selection of rosters. The draft format is similar to what the NHL has done for its All-Star game since 2010.
The Pro Bowl included additional changes, such as the elimination of kickoffs, the allowing of cover-two and press coverage instead of only man defense and a 35-second/25-second play clock instead of the customary 40-second/25-second clock.
Also, a two-minute warning will now come at the end of the first and third quarters and the ball will switch hands after each quarter.
The NFL says the changes are meant to make the Pro Bowl "the ultimate fan-friendly celebration of the game."
We shall see!