In an effort to attract interest in the Pro Bowl, the NFL's annual All-Star contest was moved this year from the week after the Super Bowl to the weekend between the conference championships and the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, however, in the league's effort to draw higher television ratings, they've watered the game down even further.
Obviously the biggest downfall in moving the game from the week following the Super Bowl to the week prior is that none of the players on the best two teams in football are playing. That means no Peyton Manning or Drew Brees, probably the two best quarterbacks in the game.
Along with the no-shows from the Super Bowl teams, there are also numerous players who were either hurt or emotionally spent following their loss in the conference championship round and have pulled out, further watering down the rosters with players who normally would have not been included.
Will the Pro Bowl draw better ratings this year? Probably, simply because there will be more coverage leading up to the game since a ton of media outlets are currently converging on South Florida for Super Bowl XLIV.
Will the game itself be better? Probably not. But it won't be a lot worse either since it wasn't much to begin with. However, a lot of it's star power will be missing, which is about all it had going to begin with.