After watching the NBA all-star weekend festivities, there was one thing that was very clear. Yes the slam dunk contest was lack luster and the all-star game was basically a better version of the slam dunk contest until the fourth quarter, but guess what? The weekend as a whole was still better than the pro bowl. How is this possible? Football is arguably the greatest game in north america and the revenues draw billions of dollars. It is easily the most profitable sport and the marketability of the sport and its players is off the charts. So why is the most popular sport in america also the most unwatchable when it comes to prolific displays of the sport’s top talents? Would you believe the answer is revealed in the question.Well somewhat… Lets take baseball. The all-star game is one of the most competitive games of the season, and why is that? Because it means something.. Yes there is a lot of stupid drama surrounding the NBA All-Star weekend (ie over hyping D-wade’s foul on Kobe) but there is only the possibility of over hyping these situations because of the history behind the all-star weekend. From Magic Johnson coming back to play after his HIV diagnosis to MJ’s dunk from the free throw line, there is history in all of it. The only story that ever comes out of the pro bowl deals with how much the game sucked. I understand that players don’t want to get hurt because they are being paid millions of dollars on a non-guaranteed contract, but damn! Ultimately it’s the fans that pay for the stadium, it’s the fans that pay for the players, and ironically its the fans that are getting robbed. The saddest thing is that it’s probably too late to turn it around. The pro bowl is just a single game, not a whole weekend and yes I know people will say “ but what about super bowl, and its media day and the excitement that comes with that weekend of the super bowl.” Yes Super Bowl is great, but it’s a championship, different argument all together, and even though the Super Bowl rocks, it can’t take the place of the Pro Bowl, because it’s a championship. Super Bowl commercials can cost millions of dollars and the average citizen could never afford tickets to the game itself. I know of some nightclubs that charge more at the door during all-star weekend than they do to get in the rookie-sophomore game… Which brings me to my next point.. The NBA gave Charles Barkley and Shaq their own teams to take the place of the regular-sophomore game. Now I’m not saying that this decision was the best or that it should be permanently implemented, but it does show that at least the NBA is trying, trying to give the fans what they want and what they deserve. What remains to be seen about the NFL is whether they care enough to try to make it better. Sadly, without any serious consequence determined by the game’s outcome, or a vast history to uphold and/or build upon, it seems like NFL will never learn its lesson.