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2018 NFL Pro Bowl returning to Orlando

The traditional AFC vs NFC Pro Bowl game will be back in Orlando in 2018.

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The NFL will be back in Orlando for the 2018 Pro Bowl.

The league announced Wednesday that the annual all-star game will return to Camping World Stadium on Sunday, January 28 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Orlando is hosting the Pro Bowl for a second-straight year after it was previously held in Honolulu and Arizona in recent years. Honolulu had hosted every Pro Bowl since 1979-2014 with the exception of 2010, when it was in Miami.

Those years saw the annual NFL All-Star Game played in the same stadium as the Super Bowl, making it easier for fans and players to attend and enjoy the festivities for both events. That won’t be the case this time, however, with the 2018 Super Bowl being played in Minnesota.

The 2018 Pro Bowl will follow the traditional AFC vs NFC matchup, which returned last season, and feature 88 of the best NFL players – 44 from each conference – as determined by a consensus of votes by fans, players, and coaches. Both teams will be led by offensive and defensive NFL Legends who will serve as captains representing each conference. One change is an earlier start time for this year’s game, as the game has typically been held at night.

Just like the 2017 Pro Bowl, the NFL will once again host Pro Bowl Week festivities across the Orlando area in 2018, bringing new experiences and activities as well as events focused on commemorating all levels of football – from youth to high school to the NFL's best.

Additional events during Pro Bowl Week are set to include the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, testing the athletic ability of superstars from each conference in unique competitions, and the NFL Pro Bowl Experience, a free football festival located at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.

The Cincinnati Bengals figure to have several players in contention for a Pro Bowl berth in Orlando next year, including Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap, A.J. Green, Andy Dalton and Tyler Eifert. All of those guys have been to at least one Pro Bowl over the last two years.

The 2018 Pro Bowl will be televised on ESPN and simulcast on ABC, marking the first time it will air on both broadcast and cable networks. It will also be streamed live on the ESPN app, and audio coverage will be available on Westwood One, SiriusXM NFL Radio, and on the TuneIn app.


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