According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the NFL pays members of the winning Pro Bowl team roughly twice the amount it pays the members of the losing team.
Under terms in CBA, each player on winning Pro-Bowl team receives $53,000, while each player on losing Pro-Bowl team earns $26,000.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 28, 2013
The 2014 NFL Pro Bowl will be played on January 26th in Honolulu, Hawaii. It is a game known to lack the usual fan support enjoyed by regular NFL games. Hopefully, the payment structure incentivizes good play, and better television ratings.
I noticed the NBA has a similar payment system in place. The NBA All-Star game can go downhill in a hurry, so it makes sense to give the players a reason to play hard down the stretch. I bet a decent number of the players use the money to take their family on a nice vacation once the grueling season is over.
The MLB All-Star game doesn’t have a payment structure in place. Instead, the game decides which league has home field advantage in the World Series. This strategy makes the MLB All-Star game meaningful, but some believe it makes the game too meaningful.
Check out Josh Hill’s post listing the NFL players elected to the 2014 Pro Bowl.