Originally written July 31, 2013 on This Given Sunday:
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 inc...
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