Yep that’s right. Gone is the old AFC vs. NFC matchup. Enter a fantasy draft format, captained by Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders (I don’t get that part).
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the change has now officially been made, and it will be used for the first time in early 2014.
Schefter also reports that Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will serve as draft captains for the two teams. This meshes with our recent item regarding a fan survey that explained the teams would be chosen by two retired players, the player getting the most Pro Bowl fan votes on offense, the player getting the most Pro Bowl fan votes on defense, and the two fans getting the highest score in NFL.com fantasy football.
I applaud the NFL for doing groundbreaking things to keep fans excited and into the game, unlike MLB. I don’t know how serious we should take this change though. I mean, it’s the All Star game of a rough sport. In this day and age, dudes aren’t going to risk injury just for a one game where they get a nice sized game check. As long as they don’t make it a flag football game, I’m good.