Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/22/12

NEW YORK - APRIL 22: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces that the St. Louis Rams selected quarterback Sam Bradford from the Oklahoma Sooners first overall during the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

If the NFL doesn't push the Pro Bowl from its annual schedule, the game could be played in New Orleans on Jan. 27, one week before the city hosts Super Bowl XLVI.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who has previously expressed his displeasure with the game's lack of competitiveness, said in February cancelling this year's game is one of the options on the table. The Super Bowl is scheduled for Feb. 3 in New Orleans, but a game site for the Pro Bowl is very much in flux.

"We're either going to have to improve the quality of what we're doing in the Pro Bowl or consider other changes, or even (consider) eliminating the game, if that's the kind of quality game we're going to provide," Goodell said in February after backlash from players, coaches and fans about the poor effort in the 2012 event.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who played in the first quarter of that game, said at the Super Bowl in Indianapolis that he was surprised by the players' lack of interest and effort and felt some "embarrassed themselves."

Goodell has discussed potential changes with NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith.

"I know players love to be in Hawaii, but we have to start with the quality of what we're doing," Goodell said. "If the fans are responding negatively to what we're doing, we (had) better listen."

The Superdome has been reserved for Jan. 27 by the NFL. Even without a game, the league will keep its Pro Bowl balloting process to name the top players and direct teams to negotiate Pro Bowl clauses into player contracts and honor Pro Bowl incentive clauses to avoid a conflict with the players association.

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