NFL scraps the Professional Bowl in favor of flag soccer, abilities competitors

The NFL is changing the Professional Bowl with a weeklong abilities competitors and flag soccer sport.

Why it issues: That is as a lot about eliminating a struggling occasion as it’s about elevating flag soccer — a essential piece of the NFL’s progress plans.

Particulars: The brand new occasion might be referred to as “The Professional Bowl Video games,” and the inaugural occasion will happen in Las Vegas this upcoming February, the week earlier than Tremendous Bowl LVII.

The large image: That is the NFL’s newest push to deliver flag soccer to the lots.

The backdrop: Even with out the advantages of elevating flag soccer’s profile, the Professional Bowl was lengthy overdue for a makeover.

  • Gamers often decide out, and people who do play battle to placed on an entertaining present as sort out soccer at half velocity and energy simply does not actually work.
  • Dwindling curiosity reached its latest low final yr, when the sport drew its smallest audience since 2006 (6.7 million).

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