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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The NFL is replacing the Pro Bowl with a weeklong skills competition and flag football game.

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...Why it matters: This is as much about getting rid of a struggling event as it is about elevating flag football -- a critical piece of the NFL's growth plans....

The big picture: This is the NFL's latest push to bring flag football to the masses.

- - - As of 2018, more kids in the U.S. were playing flag than tackle thanks largely to NFL Flag, the nation's largest youth league with over 500,000 participants.

- - - The NFL is pushing for flag football to be included in the Olympics " part of its effort to attract more international fans.

- - - Flag has exploded among girls thanks largely to the NFL and Nike committing $5 million to incentivize high schools to add the sport....


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-09-27 11:25 AM | Reply

The Pro Bowl has always sucked.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-09-27 12:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

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Yeah. From near the end of the article...

... Even without the benefits of raising flag football's profile, the Pro Bowl was long overdue for a makeover.

- - - Players regularly opt out, and those who do play struggle to put on an entertaining show as tackle football at half speed and effort just doesn't really work....


#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-09-27 12:39 PM | Reply

Wait, there was a Pro Bowl?

#4 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-09-27 12:50 PM | Reply

The skills portion was ALWAYS much more fun to watch.

#5 | Posted by Sycophant at 2022-09-27 01:12 PM | Reply

Would love to see an extended skills portion

#6 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2022-09-27 04:40 PM | Reply

There have been enough case of NFL players with brain damage. Maybe flag football is the future.

#7 | Posted by Tor at 2022-09-27 05:49 PM | Reply

Boxing used to be on network TV.

#8 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-09-27 07:16 PM | Reply

#8

The golden age of boxing. Classic fights that were on free TV.

#9 | Posted by willowby at 2022-09-28 12:04 AM | Reply

"We want to give kids less brain damage under a new brand" -nfl /s

#10 | Posted by Brennnn at 2022-09-28 12:14 AM | Reply

The game turned into a joke, but who in their right mind would watch that.........or this?

Actually, I did watch the game for a good laugh, but will take a pass on this new contest.

#11 | Posted by brass30 at 2022-09-28 11:48 AM | Reply

Since you can't touch the quarterback any more, they should just put flags on the QB.

And they should also put the QB in a different colored jersey, like the goalie in soccer.

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-09-28 12:04 PM | Reply

The big attraction for the players, in the past, was that they got a week in Hawaii with their families after the super bowl. While it was half-hearted football, the guys showed up. It's been spiraling down the drain since it left Hawaii.

#13 | Posted by morris at 2022-09-28 09:57 PM | Reply

aka --- football

#14 | Posted by facthunt at 2022-09-29 02:41 PM | Reply

They should play the NFL Pro Bowl and the MLB All-Star game on the same day and at the same time, preferably on the same playing field.

#15 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2022-09-29 02:46 PM | Reply

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Ever spoke with a former NFL player who wasn't even 60 but had so much brain damage he started to drool without even noticing it?

They shouldn't have to suffer that much brain damage just to entertain us.

#16 | Posted by Tor at 2022-09-29 02:57 PM | Reply

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