Pro Bowl returning to Orlando in 2018

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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.

The AFC prevailed 20-13 in January in a game that drew an announced crowd of 60,834, the fifth-largest announced turnout for the Pro Bowl since the 1970 season.

The game is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 28, and will be simulcast for the first time on ESPN and ABC (WFTV-Ch. 9).

For the second consecutive year, there will be a week full of activities held around the Orlando area.

"The Pro Bowl has become a fun, week-long event that celebrates the game of football and the NFL's top players", ESPN executive Burke Magnus said in a statement.

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. The network previously televised the game 22 times (1975-87 and 1995-2003), while ESPN has carried the game on 14 occasions - 1988-94, 2004-06, 2010 and 2015-17. 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.

Now that Orlando will host back-to-back Pro Bowls, it seems like we're trending toward central Florida being the game's new regular host. "Not only are we looking forward to another great NFL football game - our second in a row - the Pro Bowl offers a full week of family and fan-friendly events and activities - a ideal match for our family-friendly tourism brand and a great fit for our local residents".

The decision to return to Central Florida was not surprising, considering Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan has said the agreement with the National Football League was for two years, plus an option to host the 2019 Pro Bowl.

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