NFL announces ‘The Pro Bowl Games’ to replace tackling with flag football and skills competitions
The National Football League today announced a transformation of the Pro Bowl, renaming the flagship event “The Pro Bowl Games.” Taking place in Las Vegas in 2023, the Pro Bowl Games presented by Verizon will be a week-long celebration of player skill with an exciting new format that spotlights flag football. The multi-day AFC vs. NFC competition will culminate in an action-packed flag game featuring Pro Bowl players at Allegiant Stadium, and will air on ESPN and ABC on Sunday, February 5, 2023.
Throughout the week, the Pro Bowl Games will also incorporate new challenges where players will showcase their soccer and non-soccer skills in unique competitions. The revamped lineup allows top stars to show off their skills and celebrate their achievements in a fun and memorable way, surrounded by their families and fans.
To schedule the week-long event, the NFL will be working with some of the biggest names in football. Peyton Manning and his company Omaha Productions will play a vital role in making the Pro Bowl Games happen, helping to shape programming and promote content for the event throughout the week. Manning will provide a unique perspective as a 14-time Pro Bowl player who understands the importance of the event to players and fans. He will also be a key part of the coaching staff for the AFC vs. NFC Flag football game.
“We’ve received invaluable feedback from players, teams and fans on the reimagining of the Pro Bowl, and as a result, we’re thrilled to use The Pro Bowl Games as a platform to shine a light on flag football as integral part of the future of the sport while also introducing fun new forms of competition and entertainment that will bring our players, their families and their fans closer than ever before,” said NFL Executive Vice President Peter O’Reilly. , Club Business and League Events.” 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 the Las Vegas Raiders, we look forward to ‘bringing the 2023 Pro Bowl Games to the capital of world-class sports and entertainment.’
As a growing focus for the organization, flag football has been an essential part of the NFL’s engagement and development strategy, due to its highly accessible and inclusive qualities. In addition to the AFC vs. NFC game on Sunday, the Pro Bowl Games will incorporate Flag throughout the week, including the Play Football Opening Night and the NFL FLAG Championships presented by Subway, which was created in partnership with RCX Sports and will feature the best girls. ‘ and young boys’ teams from across the country and around the world. More recently, the league celebrated a milestone in the global growth and popularity of the football format, partnering with the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) this summer to bring flag football to the World Games in Birmingham, Alabama.
Just as Flag celebrates football at all levels, the Pro Bowl Games will shine a light on key partnerships that empower future generations, such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. With a longstanding relationship with the league that supports flag football programs and sparks conversations about social justice as a recent recipient of an Inspire Change grant, Boys & Girls Clubs of America will team up with the NFL to elevate philanthropic efforts and community activations throughout The Pro Bowls week. This collaboration will provide an opportunity for AFC and NFC Pro Bowl players to continue their ongoing engagement with America’s youth through exciting activities and in-person experiences.
While the Pro Bowl Games includes many new elements, it will maintain fan-favorite moments and events, including fan voting, which will begin in the fall and help determine NFC and AFC team rosters; skills activities, where the best NFL players participate in unique competitions; and the East-West Shrine Bowl, where future senior collegiate professionals have the opportunity to showcase and develop their talents, as well as enjoy life-changing experiences with patients and families at Shriners Hospitals.
Later in the season, the NFL will provide the week-long schedule and additional details for the 2023 Pro Bowl Games Presented by Verizon. Fans interested in receiving the latest information can register at NFL.com/ProBowlGames for exclusive ticket presale opportunities and VIP packages.