Pro Bowl Game
The NFL shall, in its sole discretion, determine the time and location of any Pro Bowl game, provided that the NFL will consult with the NFLPA prior to making any such determination. If players competing in the Super Bowl cannot feasibly participate in the Pro Bowl because of the timing or location of the Pro Bowl game, they shall nevertheless be compensated in accordance with the following rules: (i) notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, such players shall receive the applicable compensation provided for in this Article as if they had actually participated in the Pro Bowl game, provided that the player would have been physically able to participate in such game; (ii) with respect to such players whose NFL Player Contracts include player or Club contract rights that are conditioned, whether in whole or in part, upon the player’s participation in any Pro Bowl game, any such player who fails to participate in such game solely because his Club is participating in the Super Bowl shall be deemed to have participated in such Pro Bowl game for purposes of the player or Club contract rights provision set forth in the player’s contract; (iii) in the event a player is not physically able to participate in such Pro Bowl game, any question as to whether the conditions set forth in the relevant player or Club contract rights provision have been satisfied shall be resolved exclusively by the stated requirements of said contract provision, including, by way of example, but without limitation, any contract provision that requires the player’s participation “unless medically excused,” or words or conditions to that effect; (iv) nothing in this Article shall operate to add to, subtract from, or alter in any way any term or condition of any Pro Bowl-related player or Club contract right, as set forth in the player’s NFL Player Contract. By way of example, but without limitation, if the player’s contract contains a contract right that is conditioned upon the player’s election to such Pro Bowl “by first ballot and not as an alternate,” or words or conditions to that effect, said condition shall remain in full force and effect notwithstanding anything in this Article; and (v) in any League Year in which the Pro Bowl game rosters are selected on a basis other than conference affiliation, with the result that the parties are unable to determine whether such players competing in the Super Bowl would be on the roster of the winning or losing Pro Bowl team, then each such player shall nevertheless be compensated in accordance with this Section subject to the following modification: each such player shall receive, pursuant to Section 1 above, the average of the winning and losing team amounts for that League Year, in lieu of the winning or losing amount specified therein. Any such compensation paid to any such player shall constitute a Player Benefit within the meaning of Article 12, Section 2(a). The foregoing Subsections 6(a)(i)-(iv) amend and supersede the NFLNFLPA letter agreements dated January 28, 2011 and January 21, 2014, which are of no further force or effect.
In any League Year, the NFL may elect, in its sole discretion, not to hold a Pro Bowl game. In such a case, the NFL shall replace the Pro Bowl game with another event (e.g., without limitation, an honors ceremony or NFL press release) that recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding NFL players, provided that the NFL will consult with the NFLPA prior to making its determination. Participation by a player in such a replacement event shall be voluntary. Players who are selected for recognition in such a replacement event, in accordance with the criteria and procedures set forth in Section 2 above, shall be paid the Pro Bowl incentive bonus, if any, in their Player Contract, for such selection. Selection to any replacement event under this Subsection shall be deemed the equivalent of selection to the Pro Bowl on the original ballot for purposes of Article 7, Section 4 (Proven Performance Escalator) and Article 7, Section 7 (Fifth-Year Option for First Round Selections) of this Agreement.