NFL announces Pro Bowl changes
The National Football League announced on Monday, Sept. 26 that it is going to be transforming the Pro Bowl. The Pro Bowl will now be known as the Pro Bowl Games and will take place in Las Vegas in 2023.
The Pro Bowl Games will display both the players' football and non-football skills in various competitions throughout the week. The NFL will collaborate with the likes of Peyton Manning and Omaha Productions to bring The Pro Bowl Games to life. The new version will allow the players to not only show off their skills but also celebrate with their family and fans.
Along with the skills portion of the game, there will be an AFC vs. NFC flag football game. Flag football has been a critical piece of the NFL’s strategy of participation and development because of its accessible and inclusive qualities. Manning will also be a part of the coaching staff for the flag football game.
“We’ve received invaluable feedback from players, teams and fans about reimagining the Pro Bowl, and as a result, we're thrilled to use The Pro Bowl Games as a platform to spotlight Flag football as an integral part of the sport's future while also introducing fun, new forms of competition and entertainment that will bring our players, their families and fans closer than ever before,” said Peter O'Reilly, NFL Executive Vice President, Club Business and League Events in a press release. “Building on the success of the 2022 Pro Bowl and 2022 Draft, as well as our strong partnership with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and Las Vegas Raiders, we look forward to bringing The 2023 Pro Bowl Games to the capital of world-class sports and entertainment.”
Not only will there be flag football but fans can also expect to see the concept of flag football integrated throughout the week. Flags will be a part of the Play Football Opening Night and the NFL Flag Championships. The championship was created in partnership with RCX Sports and will include the top girls’ and boys’ flag football teams worldwide.
The new and improved Pro Bowl Games will begin to highlight key partnerships that will empower future generations, one of them being the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. They are teaming up with the NFL to raise philanthropic efforts and community activations.
Despite the recent changes to the Pro Bowl, the NFL will continue to keep many of its fan-favorite moments and events such as fan voting to determine the NFC and AFC teams, skills activities where the best players compete in different competitions and the East-West shrine Bowl which allows senior collegiate pro prospects to show and develop their talents.
As the season continues, the NFL will provide further information on the schedule and additional details about the Pro Bowl Games.
All information & cover photo courtesy of the NFL website, nfl.com.