The NFL has tried everything to salvage the event but the logical answer is to simply cancel the series. Football can only be played full-tilt in the eyes of America, and the Pro Bowl has become a farce in light of ultra-competitive nature of the NFL Playoffs these days.
"We did have a lengthy discussion about the Pro Bowl, not specifically about a site," Goodell said in his presser. "The discussion was about the quality of the Pro Bowl, including the commitments we have with our network partners; where we could play the game and about all of our discussions with the Players Association, how to make the game better. We’ve had numerous discussions over several months about what we can do to make the game more competitive. I’ve said it repeatedly, particularly since the last game that we have to improve the quality of that game.
"If we can’t improve it and can’t make it more competitive, then we shouldn’t play."
The only reasons the game still exists are simple. The TV ratings are still steady plus no one in the industry wants to sacrifice the annual free trip to Hawaii.
Goodell was asked if the game would still be played this year...
"We had a full discussion about that. I would like to have another discussion with De[Maurice Smith] and the players to give them the feedback we got today on what aspects of the game we should address. But I hope to be making a decision pretty quickly after that conversation with De. "
Chances are the game is gone for good.