Pro Bowl Cancelled for 1st Time in 71 Years

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announces NFL team owners have reached agreement on a new league policy that requires players to stand for the national anthem or remain in the locker room during the NFL owner’s spring meeting Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

For the first time in 71 years, the NFL has pulled the plug on the annual Pro Bowl.

Citing concerns over the coronavirus, the league announced the cancellation Wednesday — the first time it’s done so since 1949. Las Vegas, which was set to host the post-season all-star game, will get the following year’s game instead, according to the NFL.

In spite of the announcement, the NFL says it will still let fans vote for Pro Bowl players starting November 17th. After it announces team rosters, players will take part in “a variety of engaging activities to replace the Pro Bowl game this season.”

If the league is worried about the spread of COVID-19, why doesn’t it hold the Pro Bowl in an empty stadium?

Do you think anyone will miss it?

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