The Pro Football Hall of Fame might be getting its annual moment in the sun next week when the football world converges on Canton for the induction ceremonies and the Hall of Fame Game between the Dolphins and Cowboys, but the NFL might be trying to up the ante on the preseason tradition.
In his inaugural column for the new MMQB website, Peter King writes that the NFL is trying to find a way to shed light on the Hall, which just underwent a sizable expansion, during the regular season as well as during the preseason with the HOF Game which is already a time honored tradition in the football world. According to King, the league is looking into having a second Hall of Fame Game during the regular season each year.
Such a game would not take place in Canton, which is a shame considering a huge part of the HOF Game is that it is being played next door to the Hall of Fame. If the NFL wants to tie in the Hall of Fame with the regular season, it won’t be done if the game is not in Canton.
The idea is to label a big regular season matchup a Hall of Fame Game and tie in programs around the host city to spur interest in visiting Canton at times other than the busy week that’s just around the corner. King suggests a traveling exhibit of treasures from that Hall that’s installed at the stadium or a local museum as a way to wet the whistle of fans who might not have yet made the trek to see the entire collection.
It is a nice gesture to try to pique the interest in the history of the sport, but if the game is not going to be in Canton and capture the magic of the Hall of Fame with the special intensity of regular season football, I am not buying this move.