The Pro Bowl will go virtual on the EA Sports Madden NFL 21 video game, after the real version of football’s all-star game was canceled. The NFL opened fan voting Tuesday for the first virtual Pro Bowl, which could feature players whose team makes the Super Bowl because they won’t have to attend and play in real life. Players and coaches will cast their votes Dec. 18 for the 2021 video game pro bowl. A total of 88 players will be selected, 44 each from the AFC and NFC.
NFL executive vice president of club business and events Peter O’Reilly said league partners “are uniquely positioned to help the NFL make the transformation of this high-profile event from live to virtual possible.
The game was scheduled for Jan. 31 in Las Vegas, but was cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It’s the first time the Pro Bowl has been canceled since 1949, and owners voted to hold the 2022 version in Las Vegas.
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