Fans can watch the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl live online and see if the game’s new format throws some excitement into what had become a drab an uncompetitive affair.
This year the league scrapped the traditional NFC vs. AFC format, instead following the NHL in a style that drafts the best players onto two teams, regardless of league. For captains the NFL picked legends Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders, who split up their respective rosters.
Fans who watch the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl live online will get a chance to see if the grand experiment works, and there could be a lot on the line. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was actually considering scrapping the annual all-star game after contests became uncompetitive and players seemed uninterested on the field, so this year could be an important benchmark.
This year the league threw in some other gimmicks in the hopes of making the Pro Bowl more appealing to fans, including some measures meant to increase scoring. One new hitch is a two-minute warning at the end of every quarter, with the ball changing hands at the start of each new quarter.
This rule tweak is meant to press teams to score in the last two minutes of each quarter, rather than only before halftime, and gives fans a chance to see more quarterbacks in the two-minute drill.