For years people have complained about the NFL Pro Bowl, saying it was meaningless and uneventful, but this past Pro Bowl, which was held in Orlando, actually grabbed some decent reviews nationally… and locally. The NFL wants to jump all over that momentum for next year by announcing that the Pro Bowl will be held at Camping World Stadium in Orlando again next year.
The news is that the NFL is going to keep everything that made the game more entertaining in 2017, like the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown and the AFC vs. NFC format.
The 2018 Pro Bowl will be held on Sunday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. ET, and it will carried on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. For the first time ever, the game will also be simulcast on ABC, which is probably a decision based on the belief that the 2017 game was actually worth watching.
Last year’s game had a great finish with Kirk Cousins throwing an interception to Aqib Talib, and then Cousins hustled down the field and tackeled Talib. The interception ended the NFC comeback, and made it possible for the AFC to take home a 20-13 victory.
The Pro Bowl Skills Showdown was a big hit last year. Players competed in dodgeball, precision passing, wide receiver drone drop and a relay race — was even better than the game itself.
Pro Bowl was played in Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium for 30 years since 1979, with the exception of a game being played in Miami in 2009, and a game hosted at the Phoenix Arizona Stadium in 2014. With all the attention that the Pro Bowl received last year in Orlando, it’s a safe bet that the game will be back for more than one year… and that the NFL is watching Orlando closely as a possible next franchise location.