NFL cancels 2021 Pro Bowl due to coronavirus

The Pro Bowl was scheduled to be played in January but it will no longer take place, with Las Vegas having been awarded the 2022 game.

NFL cancels Pro Bowl due to coronavirus, with Las Vegas awarded 2022 game

The NFL has confirmed the 2021 Pro Bowl will not take place as planned in January, as the United States continues to fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

With a rescheduled and rejigged regular season having already seen several games postponed due to the virus, the league has elected against going ahead with the all-star game for the first time since 1949.

Las Vegas had been due to host the event on January 31, though the Allegiant Stadium will now be the venue for the 2022 game instead.

NFL to "reimagine" 2021 Pro Bowl

The NFL "is working with the NFLPA and other partners to create other virtual activities to replace the game" and Pro Bowl teams will still be selected in the usual voting format.

The covid-19 pandemic resulted in the 2020 NFL Draft, which was due to be held in Las Vegas earlier this year, being held virtually, while no preseason games were played to reduce the risk of the illness spreading through the league.