Originally written on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 11/19/14

The Pro Bowl has for years still drawn large TV audiences, but only because it's an NFL event and whatever the NFL touches turns to gold. Now, they're looking to give the annual all-star game platinum status by making it more fan friendly. Dramatic changes are coming, starting this upcoming year in Hawaii. After 43 years of AFC vs. NFC, that's gone. Now, players will be elected broadly, not based on the conference they play in. Six quarterbacks, period. And then they'll be assigned teams via a draft, just like in the NHL.  Those in charge of drafting players will be contest winners, alumni and top vote-getters. Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will be the alumni captains in 2014. The draft will take place on Jan. 22 on NFL Network, giving the league-owned channel another chance to shoot fish in a barrel in prime time.  The NFL has also decided to scrap kickoffs while giving defenses the ability to use cover-2 and press coverages. The game clock will run after incomplete passes outside of the final two minutes of the first half and the final five minutes of the second half. Additionally, a two-minute warning will be added to the end of each quarter, with the ball changing hands at the conclusion of all four of them. Random, but an interesting attempt to increase excitement.  The NFL might be grasping at some straws here, but it really can't hurt to try something new. Nobody respects the Pro Bowl as is, and nobody will be offended by these changes. It's just a silly exhibition game anyway.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Izzo: MSU could win football, basketball titles in same year

Durant ‘would love to’ spend entire career with Thunder

Elementary school sportswriter has hot take on Cam Newton

Romo was willing to take pay cut to keep DeMarco Murray

Marcus Mariota reportedly not planning to attend NFL draft

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Alabama RB dismissed from team after marijuana arrest

Golden Tate: Departure of Suh won't pressure Lion's offense

Are the Angels being overlooked?

Team USA improves before meltdown in Swiss draw

USC AD skips meeting in Indiana: ‘I am the proud father of a gay son’

David Ortiz clarifies part of essay in The Players' Tribune

WATCH: Spoelstra gives nice shoutout to Craig Sager

WATCH: Drew Miller takes skate to the face

WATCH: Gronk describes his perfect wife

Reigning National Champions to boycott Final Four in Indiana

This isn’t Tom Izzo’s greatest March masterpiece

New development clears path for Rams relocation

WATCH: J.J. Watt sings about stadium food on 'New Girl'

Kings ready to shut down DeMarcus Cousins

Jameis Winston may skip NFL draft to be with grandmother

Phillies to sell hard liquor, wine at Citizens Bank Park

Jason Dufner, wife Amanda getting a divorce

Top 10 players in baseball

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Durant wants to spend career in OKC

This isn’t Tom Izzo’s greatest March masterpiece

Are the Angels being overlooked?

Top 20 players in the Final Four

Top 10 players in baseball

Report: Tiger's plane spotted in Augusta

Moss shares story on meeting Deion

Five coaches already on the hot seat

Can we envision the Hawks in the Finals?

10 winners and losers from the past week in the NFL

Namath parties with 100 yr-old women

Report: Shaka Smart talking to Texas

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.