The NFL announced on Tuesday that it will partner with EA Sports to host a virtual professional bowl game in Madden NFL 21 this season.
According to the press release, "EA Sports and the NFL will have a week-long duel, which will include celebrities, NFL legends, active players, and streamers on the official bowl roster in Madden NFL 21. All of these characters can be played on madden 21. With the help of Madden 21 Coins to obtain. These duels will reach the peak of a professional bowl game full of virtual atmosphere, allowing 2021 professional bowl players to face off in Madden NFL 21."
Voting for Pro Bowl fans began on Tuesday and will continue until December 17. Voting will be conducted on the mobile and console versions of Madden NFL 21 and on NFL.com. From December 1st to 17th, voting will also be conducted on Twitter.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NFL previously cancelled the 2021 Pro Bowl originally scheduled to be held at Allegiant Stadium the week before the Super Bowl.
Peter O'Reilly, Executive Vice President of NFL Club Business and Events, released the following statement regarding this year's Unconventional Professional Bowl:
"Even with unparalleled changes in the entire sports industry, we are very happy to transform many of the iconic components of Pro Bowl (which will be virtualized in Madden NFL 21) into a new and innovative experience for our players and fans. We remain committed to Buy MUT 21 Coins enables fans to virtually celebrate the best player in the game."
Within a year, the abilities of game fans are limited, or even not at all, in some cases, so it is not surprising that the NFL has to withdraw from the Pro Bowl. The coronavirus pandemic has forced tremendous changes in professional and college sports in the United States and around the world.
As for voting, one-third of the votes used to determine this year's professional bowling game will come from fans, one-third from players, and one-third from league coaches.