So, lets play a meaningless game, that will probably be missing most if not all of the star players, so that ESPN/NFL can make money. Also there is a possibility that it won't even be a sell out for the hosting team. Why? Because more people than I think can watch it on TV? This is a good idea because it models itself after a sport that's not big in the US.
Why would the NFL or anyone associated with it want to dilute the product like that? I think you are missing the point.
P.S. Soccer sucks.
No, so those of us can watch another game thats not the pro bowl.. and the Networks and League making money is justification for them to do it. No one forces you to watch the games bro, so if you dont want to then go make origami or something. Im using soccer as an example because they are the only ones with the concept in major sports..
it doesnt dilute the product at all, because you missed the point about it not being glorified. in case you didnt read that, you missed the point because its not being glorified. Its not the damn superbowl, its not the damn pro bowl, its not the damn preseason, its another damn game that just happens to take place with two good teams. Playing with or without their stars, its up to them. Incentives would be in place to not make it completely meaningless.
Im sure you'll nitpick this comment too and miss the point all over again.