The commissioner spoke on ESPN's Mike & Mike In the Morning show on Sunday and said the quality of the game has to improve or he will consider eliminating it altogether.
In case you didn't see this year's Pro Bowl, it was a sham of a game that made the entire sport look awful. It will be interesting to see what, if anything, Goodell is able to do with the game.
What It Means
It is hard to say exactly what is going to happen right now. It is one thing for Goodell to talk about trying to change the game, it is something else entirely to get the owners and players to agree on any changes.
We all know that the game means nothing anyway. If you don't know that, you can tell on the first kickoff when nobody is trying to tackle and players are running at half-speed.
You can't simply tell the players that they have to go all-out, because that is not going to happen. You have to commend Goodell for talking about wanting to improve the game, but until something is official, it's nothing to get excited about.
What Happens Next
Goodell must have at least an outline for what he wants to do, or else he wouldn't have brought it up. It is hard to imagine the NFL getting rid of the game altogether since it does generate good revenue through ticket sales and television money.
Perhaps the commissioner can find a way to turn this into a weekend event, like the NBA and MLB do with their games. A skills competition would be exciting for fans and players would have a good time with it.
However, those are just plans for extra events. How to improve the game itself is going to take a lot of work. No one likes the game, besides the players—who get bonuses for showing up—so it would be for the best if it was taken off the schedule altogether.