NFL’s Pro Bowl Will Be ‘Played’ in Madden

The NFL Pro Bowl will be hosted at Madden this season

Pro Bowl players will play in a Madden Pro Bowl game as well. Operating in the midst of a global pandemic has resulted in reduced fan attendance, canceled games, and players forced to sit out. Anderson and Moore have not yet made the Pro Bowl in their careers. "We remain committed to using our Pro Bowl platform to empower fans to virtually celebrate the best players in the game", Peter O'Reilly, NFL EVP of Club Business and Events, said in the announcement.

Wide receiver Stefon Diggs is another candidate to earn his first Pro Bowl appearance.

The Pro Bowl game itself, scheduled for January 31 in Las Vegas, was called off last month because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those matchups will culminate with 2021 Pro Bowl players facing off within Madden NFL 21 in the Pro Bowl Game.

The NFL opened monthlong 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. With the National Football League putting an emphasis on avoiding unnecessary large gatherings, it makes sense that the traditional Pro Bowl is getting the axe.

Fan voting for the Pro Bowl opened Tuesday and will run until December 17. EA Sports brought the Pro Bowl back to the video game series as a playable option in recent years. A combination of fan, coaches, and player votes will choose the 88 representatives for this year's game. "We're working on trying to communicate more before [fans] come rather than after they come".

"This partnership will also focus on design, visualization and development innovations to grow and deepen the world of Madden NFL, impacting how it plays and feels, and how players connect to the world of the NFL as it happens", the parties said in a news release at the time. The AFC-NFC contest was originally scheduled to be held at Allegiant Stadium to close out the Raiders' inaugural season in Las Vegas.



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