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SBD/January 26, 2012/Events and Attractions
Several NFL Players Voice Support For Hawaii As Pro Bowl Location
Published January 26, 2012
LIVE-TWEETING: The NFL announced that fans will "get a little more access to the top players in the NFL, who will now be able to tweet during the Pro Bowl." The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER's Rebecca Ford noted the league is relaxing its "infamously strict rules on social media, and allowing players to tweet during the game." Not only are players "allowed to Tweet, but the NFL is encouraging them to do so by setting up a computer on each sideline where players can use Twitter." Tweeting is "voluntary and only one player can tweet at a time." Players can also use their phones to tweet "before the game and at halftime." Players will be using #ProBowl in their tweets (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 1/25).
CHANGES NEEDED? ESPN.com's Scoop Jackson writes the Pro Bowl is "not football." Jackson: "Not that it has to be a full representation of what we see every fall weekend in the NFL, but it shouldn't be this far away from the game's core. It shouldn't be this far removed from how every other game is played." The execs and "suits that make up commissioner Roger Goodell's front office staff surely have to know ... that the Pro Bowl is the most meaningless all-star game in sports." Somehow, the NFL "has to do something to get to a new iteration of this scheduled football celebration," and "soon." Jackson writes, "Change the location. Change the time and timing. Change the ancillary events, the activities and extracurriculars. Change the rules. Change the purpose, if that's what it takes. Because at this point, it serves none" (ESPN.com, 1/26).