The NFL will no longer put on the annual Pro Bowl game.
At the end of each NFL season, a Pro Bowl game is hosted by the league. However, the event is set to be replaced with “The Pro Bowl Games,” which include AFC and NFL players performing skills as part of a multi-day competition. Fox News reports one of the activities includes flag football.
The first event will kick off in Las Vegas in February; the participants will play a game of flag football along with other skills challenges that don’t feature football-related drills. The flag football games will take place on Feb. 5.
“The Pro Bowl is something that we’ve been looking at for a while, really continuing an interview with the Associated Press on Monday. “Coming out of last year’s game, we really made the decision based on a lot of internal conversations, getting feedback from GMs and coaches, getting a lot of feedback from players. We think there’s a real opportunity to do something wholly different here and move away from the traditional tackle football game. We decided the goal is to celebrate 88 of the biggest stars in the NFL in a really positive, fun, yet competitive way.”
He continued: “The feedback very directly from guys who had been in the Pro Bowl recently was to keep the construct of the week, make sure you’re having that multi-day element. It was overwhelmingly positive both from players as well as from clubs.”