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NFL replacing Pro Bowl: Flag football, weeklong skills competitions part of new ‘Pro Bowl Games’

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The NFL will plant its flag in Las Vegas for the Pro Bowl for a week in February. And there will be even more flags for the annual game itself.

On Monday, the NFL announced some long-awaited changes to its All-Star event, including replacing Sunday’s out-of-competition football game with a flag football competition between teams from the AFC and the NFC. The game, which takes place on February 5 – the week before Super Bowl LVII – is undergoing the biggest change after years of tweaking.

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During the off-season, the league worked to improve the Pro Bowl by talking to players and executives about how it could make the game and week more exciting. Flag football has been a key part of the league’s global expansion, debuting at the World Games last summer with an eye to eventually becoming an Olympic sport in the coming years.

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The Pro Bowl has taken many forms in recent years as the NFL tried to find ways to reimagine it. Over the course of three Pro Bowls since 2014, the NFL abandoned the AFC vs. NFC format and instead held a fantasy draft led by Pro Football Hall of Famers such as Jerry Rice, Michael Irvin, Chris Carter and Deion Sanders.

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The event also became a training ground for potential rule changes. Last year, the league introduced a “find and pick” method for starting halftimes and shortened game hours.

This year’s Pro Bowl Week, now called The Pro Bowl Games, will continue to feature star player competition.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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