Pro Bowl returning to Orlando in 2018
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 21:25
The Pro Bowl will return to Orlando in 2018.
Not many changes are being made to the format - it'll remain AFC vs. NFC - but kickoff has been moved up a few hours to 3 p.m. ET.
In addition to airing on ESPN and ABC, ESPN Deportes will offer a Spanish-language production of the Pro Bowl, and the game will be streamed live on the ESPN app.
"The Pro Bowl has become a fun, week-long event that celebrates the game of football and the NFL's top players".
After a successful debut in a new state, the National Football League on Wednesday announced the Pro Bowl is scheduled to be played at 3 p.m. ET on January 28 at Camping World Stadium.
The NFL seems to like Orlando as its new home for the Pro Bowl.
"We are excited to bring Pro Bowl Week back to our community", Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan said in a release.
The NFL will have a hard time giving up on the Pro Bowl, because it does pretty good television ratings (even if they're dipping). "Not only are we looking forward to another great NFL football game - our second in a row - the Pro Bowl offers a full week of family and fan-friendly events and activities - a flawless match for our family-friendly tourism brand and a great fit for our local residents".
"This year's sold-out game was a landmark moment for Orlando and our reputation as a preferred destination for world-class sporting events".
The Pro Bowl has been criticized in recent years due to a perceived lack of competitiveness, but last year's game was a close battle, with the AFC prevailing 20-13.
The NFL Pro Bowl is getting a bigger platform.
Keeping the Pro Bowl in Orlando helps considerably with not only travel but with the time zone issues that arise when having a major press event so far away in Hawaii.
Fans interested in purchasing tickets may register at ProBowl.com for presale opportunities. All of those guys have been to at least one Pro Bowl over the last two years.