The National Football League is exploring another change the the Pro Bowl venue, with Las Vegas under consideration for 2021.In efforts to make the Pro Bowl more of celebration, the NFL added a pregame concert, which this year will feature pop star Flo Rida and a post-game fireworks display. And this year, another rule change will be added, allowing the team who scores a touchdown to continue its offense. If the team who scores decides to retain the ball, they'll need to convert a 4th and 15 from their own 25-yard line to earn a new set of downs. If it fails, the opposing team will take over from that same spot with excellent field position to score themselves. The league hopes the changes will allow the game to stand out more as its own event instead of comparisons to other ultra-competitive NFL contests. "I think on Sunday, you're going to see some real fireworks," O'Reilly said. "These coaches are not going to want to give up the ball." Patrick Rishe, director of the sports business program at Washington University in St. Louis, believes the NFL could enhance the Pro Bowl even more by observing changes in the National Hockey League's revamped All-Star format, which features a tournament and a skills competition. "The NHL has a three-day event culminating with a skills competition, and then the game itself is four-on-four rather than five-on-five," he told CNBC via text. "It's working for the NHL; the NFL should consider incorporating some of these elements." And if the NFL does move the Pro Bowl to Las Vegas, it may be able to get a feel for what the event will attract based on this year's NFL Draft, which is in Las Vegas, too. The league went all out for this year's draft, adding a red-carpet stage on the Fountains of Bellagio at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. Players will be transported by boat to appear on the red carpet before being transported to the main stage located near Caesars Palace. "Sitting with the Las Vegas convention folks, they were pitching the idea of that for the draft with our team as well as the Raiders," O'Reilly said. "I guess it was if you're going to bring the draft to Las Vegas, let's take advantage of the iconic visuals and locations along the strip." Again, the NFL has until this spring to decide on next year's location, and O'Reilly said there have been discussions about returning to a rotation system that the NFL did when the game converted to an AFC vs. NFC format in 1971 before settling in Hawaii in 1980. Orlando could still be in contention for the event, and the hope is to make the location permanent. But the fact the NFL is exploring its options says that though they like the current situation, it wants to see more, and Las Vegas might be able to deliver. Seattle Mariners create new $5 value plan Looking to keep fans engaged during a tough rebuild, the Seattle Mariners announced a $5 value plan for 10 games in the 2020 Major League Baseball season. The plan includes seats in the centerfield bleachers, $5 selected concession items, and merchandise at the team store for games during March, April, and May against the Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins, the defending World Series Champion Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Angels, the Houston Astros, and Oakland Athletics. Frances Traisman, the Mariners vice president of ticket sales, said the plan is being used to offer opportunities for consumers to have an "affordable outing" at T-Mobile Park. The Mariners are aware of their struggles over the years. After finishing in the top 15 in MLB attendance for the 2018 season, averaging 28,388 fans, the team dropped to 20th last season, averaging 22,122 fans in 81 games. The team's regular-season struggles have been a big part of their attendance drop. The Mainers haven't made the postseason since 2001 when they fell to the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series, and since then have only averaged 77 wins per season. Read more: CNBC
It should be in LA if it’s all about the weather. Although, you have the 50,000 pavement zombies that will need to be relocated to Seattle first. They only pay fan five bucks to watch the pro bowl? The NFL should treat the Pro Bowl like they do the Draft. Allow NFL cities to bid on hosting and make it fan friendly with cheap tickets and inclusive attractions.
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