The NFL decided to make changes and replace the Pro Bowl with a series of skill events throughout the week and a flag football match. The information is from the Associated Press.
The new event will replace the game that takes place since 1951. The tournament will be renamed Pro Bowl Games and will feature players from the American Conference (AFC) and the National Conference (NFC), demonstrating their skills in challenges throughout the week. The 2023 Pro Bowl Games will be held in Las Vegas and the flag football match will be played on February 5, a week before the Super Bowl.
Former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will play an important role in the transition. He will be tasked with sharing his experience, as well as giving feedback on other activities. His entertainment company, Omaha Productions, will also be included over the weekend, with a central role in publicizing and promotion.
Manning has been 14 times in the Pro Bowl throughout his career and a Hall of Famer will be on the coaching staff for the showdown.
It is not clear, but perhaps the change is motivated in order to give even more visibility to flag football. The sport could become an Olympic sport, and last year the NFL came to strongly support its bid for the 2028 Games in Los Angeles. It is a version of American football with almost no physical contact and that can be played without protective equipment, and that already has confederations established in 74 countries.