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Unless I am very much mistaken players from the Superbowl finalists don't play in the Pro Bowl. And the way things are you get this awkward week then the Superbowl and then no-one really cares about the Pro Bowl. The NFL could make far more of the Pro Bowl with a switch I would have thought.

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Unless I am very much mistaken players from the Superbowl finalists don't play in the Pro Bowl. And the way things are you get this awkward week then the Superbowl and then no-one really cares about the Pro Bowl. The NFL could make far more of the Pro Bowl with a switch I would have thought.

You are very much mistaken...

The best players are invited to the ProBowl, and winning teams are filled with good players... The Eagles have 9 players invited to the ProBowl (if I'm not mistaken).

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Many Super Bowl Players decide to take off and are replaced by alternates in the Super Bowl while the Confernce Game losing coaches are the coaches of the teams.

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It's been migrating later and later every year for the past 25-30 years. Super Bowl XI was played on January 9, 1977 for instance.

The TV networks are the main reason for this. With the playoffs and Super Bowl after January 1, those networks with the post-season games can realize ad revenue they can add to their 1st quarter (Jan-Mar) earnings numbers, pumping up what is otherwise a lackluster (read "after Christmas") time of year for retail advertising. Also, February is a "sweeps" month, thereby helping the network that carries the Super Bowl (yes, even Fox) in overall ratings for the month - raising the rates they can charge throughout the year.

Meanwhile, the NFL has historically been reluctant to start its regular season on the same week as the NCAA, and is also reluctant to scrap its current schedule of 4-5 pre-season games per team.

Personally I think the NFL could easily adopt a USFL-style schedule of 2 preseason games, 18 regular season games, then the playoffs and Super Bowl, garnering greater revenue for the television rights package and still be able to have the Super Bowl in late January as opposed to early February, but the powers that be (i.e., television) want it this way.

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There IS football this weekend.  Just not NFL.

The AFL kicks off this weekend.  NBC's having a doubleheader on TV, at least in my area.

yeah the 1st half ended and IT'S 45-21!!! Who says D wins titles?

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It's been migrating later and later every year for the past 25-30 years. Super Bowl XI was played on January 9, 1977 for instance.

The TV networks are the main reason for this. With the playoffs and Super Bowl after January 1, those networks with the post-season games can realize ad revenue they can add to their 1st quarter (Jan-Mar) earnings numbers, pumping up what is otherwise a lackluster (read "after Christmas") time of year for retail advertising. Also, February is a "sweeps" month, thereby helping the network that carries the Super Bowl (yes, even Fox) in overall ratings for the month - raising the rates they can charge throughout the year.

Meanwhile, the NFL has historically been reluctant to start its regular season on the same week as the NCAA, and is also reluctant to scrap its current schedule of 4-5 pre-season games per team.

Personally I think the NFL could easily adopt a USFL-style schedule of 2 preseason games, 18 regular season games, then the playoffs and Super Bowl, garnering greater revenue for the television rights package and still be able to have the Super Bowl in late January as opposed to early February, but the powers that be (i.e., television) want it this way.

I dont understand why they dont move the Super Bowl to Saturday night as opposed to Sunday. I know football is usually played on sunday but they take a week off. It just seems like it would be nicer if they played on saturday.

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Many Super Bowl Players decide to take off and are replaced by alternates in the Super Bowl while the Confernce Game losing coaches are the coaches of the teams.

Exactly. That's why Jim Mora Jr. is a rookie going to the Pro Bowl :P

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Super Bowl XI was played with a 14 game season as well. Five years and a day later, the NFC Championship was played with the 49ers and the Super Bowl two weeks later.

This year, to avoid the conflict of NFL playoff games and college bowl games, the NFL pushed the season ahead one week.

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