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Report: NFL may suspend Pro Bowl

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The NFL Pro Bowl may have seen its final kickoff.

The game, often a low-rated afterthought of an NFL season, is likely to be suspended this season and beyond, league sources told ESPN.com.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who has previously expressed his displeasure with the game's lack of competitiveness, is considering cancelling this year's game. The next Pro Bowl is scheduled for Feb. 3 in New Orleans, but a game site hasn't been listed because of the uncertainty.

Even without a game, the NFL would keep its Pro Bowl balloting process to name the top players and would direct teams to negotiate Pro Bowl clauses into player contracts and honor Pro Bowl incentive clauses to avoid a conflict with the players association.

Goodell is concerned with the quality of play, believing that it reflects poorly on the league and its players. The AFC routed the NFC 59-41 in last season's game. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had said that some of his NFC teammates "embarrassed themselves" with their respective efforts.
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