The NFL and the Pro Bowl are not looking like fun event anymore. Josh Jacobs came out today to call the new format stupid as shit, and the NFL should send the players on a vacation instead. The NFL is trying to reimagine the Pro Bowl, but it is not working for them.
I thought the Skills Challenge would be a cool event, but according to the statistics it was a huge flop.
The Pro Bowl Skills Challenge had a whopping 1.063 million viewers. That is horrible and even lower than damn near every sport on ESPN played.
For example, that is fewer viewers than the two and a half hour long Grizzlies-Cavs game on TNT that started at 7:45 PM, which averaged 1.165 million viewers. It did manage to top the 10:15 PM Clippers-Bucks game on TNT, which averaged 1.031 million viewers, but still that was pretty bad for an NFL showing.
In fact, According to Awful Announcing, the Pro Bowl Games Skills Competition was outdrawn by the previous three pre-All-Star Game events from the NHL (1.086 million), NBA (4.236 million), and MLB (6.019 million).
What is the NFL doing wrong?