Today the NFL and Nike unveiled the newly designed Pro Bowl uniforms for the 2013-2014 season. These uniforms adopted the futuristic look that Nike has taken with many of its designed college uniforms, like Oregon and Maryland. The NFL hopes that the bold new uniforms will help to revive the Pro Bowl from its current stale existence.
“Worn by some of the league’s best, the uniform features amplified design detailslike vibrant color accents and Pro Bowl achievement stars on the nameplates,” NFL press release
The new uniforms are a sign that the Pro Bowl isn’t going away any time soon for the simple reason that it makes the league money. People still watch it for some reason, maybe just for background noise, or to get their weekly fix of football before the Super Bowl. Despite the NFL’s efforts to revive the Pro Bowl, new uniforms simply won’t be enough to spice up the game itself. The fact remains that players don’t care about the game and simply don’t try very hard.
An easy way to bring life back to the meaningless game is to reintroduce the skills competition, something the NFL axed in 2007. More people would likely enjoy watching a race between running backs like Adrian Peterson and Doug Martin or a catching competition between Larry Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson. It would not only get the players to try harder, but they would likely have more fun doing it and it would make for better TV. For those that aren’t NHL fans, the skills competition for the All-Star Game is extremely exciting to watch and the players get creative with their time in the spotlight. Last year, Patrick Kane of the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks wore a Superman cape for his incredible shootout goal in the video below. Adding this element and other individual player events to the Pro Bowl would help boost their ratings much more than these new unis.
What do you think of the new uniforms?
*Image from NFL.com