NFL cancels Pro Bowl, plans to ‘reimagine’ festivities for 2021
With the COVID-19 pandemic still clearly at large, the 2020 NFL season has been quite challenging to say the least. Although safety and health protocols have been strictly followed and implemented, there have still been positive cases of COVID-19 around the league.
In light of this, the league has officially announced on Wednesday that they will be canceling the 2021 Pro Bowl game. The Las Vegas Raiders’ new Allegiant Stadium, which was supposed to host this season’s Pro Bowl, will be hosting the 2022 Pro Bowl game instead, per the league.
The Pro Bowl is the latest casualty in terms of the league’s schedule this season due to the global pandemic. Earlier this year, the 2020 NFL Draft was done virtually while all preseason matches were cancelled.
Moreover, as the season started in full swing, there have also been a handful of games to be postponed after multiple players contracted the virus. This is also why the league has been forced to play it safe and simply skip the upcoming Pro Bowl, even if it’s still a few months away.
Though there won’t be an actual Pro Bowl match to be played, the league will still continue to recognize 88 of the most outstanding players of the 2020 NFL season, as the voting for the 2021 Pro Bowl Roster will still take place. Fans will also be welcome to show support for their favorite players come November 17 when voting for the Pro Bowl rosters begin.
In the hopes of reimagining this season’s Pro Bowl festivities, the league will also closely work with the NFLPA and other groups to create other engaging activities to fill in the void of the occasion.