NFL Pro Bowl officially becomes a flag football game in 2023

The NFL Pro Bowl — the Pro Football League’s annual all-star game that pits the best of the AFC and NFC against each other — will be just one part of “The Pro Bowl Games” beginning in 2023.

Most significant to this change is that the game played at the end of Pro Bowl week will now officially be a non-tackling flag football competition.

This first such game will be played on Sunday, February 5, 2023 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. (In that year’s Pro Bowl match, the AFC defeated the NFC 41-35.) Since 2014, ESPN and/or ABC have aired the annual event.

The NFL said that flag football competition will be supplemented during Pro Bowl week with “new challenges aimed at showcasing Pro Bowlers’ football and non-football skills in unique competitions.”

The goal, the league said, is to “create a fresh take on what was pretty stale.” The NFL also acknowledged that the usual Pro Bowl game played the week before the Super Bowl “involved a risk of injury, and the top athletes in today’s game are understandably unwilling to play in a game that counts for nothing, giving everything, well, bragging rights.”

The hope is that the flag football match will “ignite the flame of competition with a lower-risk yet highly entertaining new format.”

As Peter O’Reilly, NFL EVP of Club Business and League Events, explained in a statement, “We’ve received invaluable feedback from players, teams and fans on the Pro Bowl redesign, so we’re thrilled to be using The Pro Bowl Games as a.” Platform to highlight flag football as an integral part of the future of the sport while introducing fun, new forms of competition and entertainment that bring our players, their families and fans closer than ever before.

“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 and the Las Vegas Raiders,” he continued, “we look forward to bringing the 2023 Pro Bowl games to the to stage the capital of world-class sport and entertainment.”

Will this change to the NFL Pro Bowl game make you more or less inclined to watch? NFL Pro Bowl officially becomes a flag football game in 2023

Lindsay Lowe

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