The NFL announced Wednesday there will be no kickoffs in the 2022 Pro Bowl, which will be played Sunday at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
The winner of the opening coin toss will instead have the option of spotting the ball anywhere on the field while designating direction, or choosing whether to start on offense or defense from the designated spot. Regardless of which privilege is chosen, the team determining the spot must announce the starting field position before the other team can decide whether to play offense or defense. The loser of the toss will have first choice between the two privileges to begin the second half.
The “Spot and Choose” method was proposed to the Competition Committee last year by the Baltimore Ravens.
The #ProBowl continues to serve as a platform for game innovation — in addition to rules changes from previous years, we will be implementing the Spot and Choose method on Sunday 👇
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— NFL Football Operations (@NFLFootballOps) February 2, 2022
Interesting. The NFL will use the “spot and choose” replacement for coin tosses in the Pro Bowl this week. The Pro Bowl is often an incubator for rules suggestions. Only some are adopted. You might recall narrower field goals and 4th-and-15 onside kick option in pvs years. https://t.co/j0l4Pbi7qr
— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) February 2, 2022