The Pro Bowl lives on ... at least for another year.
There was talk in recent months about scrapping the NFL's annual all-star game because players from both the AFC and NFC squads didn't seem to care about how they performed in the game. But after several weeks of discussions between the NFL and the NFL Players Association, the two groups announced today that the 2013 Pro Bowl would be played next Jan. 27 in Honolulu.
"The players have made it clear through the NFL Players Association that they would like the opportunity to continue to play the Pro Bowl in Hawaii," said NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Ray Anderson. "We will support the players on this initiative to improve the Pro Bowl. We have had many discussions with the players in recent years about the Pro Bowl and they recognize that the quality of the game has not been up to NFL standards. We look forward to working with the players toward the goal of improving the competitiveness of this season’s game."
Said NFLPA President Dominique Foxworth: "The players believe that the Pro Bowl is an important tradition. We worked hard with the league to make sure the best players in the NFL are honored for their achievements on the field."
The game will be played the week before the Super Bowl for the fourth straight year. The 2012 game was watched by an average of 12.5 million viewers, the second most-watched NFL All-Star game since 2001 behind 2011’s game (13.4 million viewers).