Goodell upbeat on Pro Bowl’s debut in Orlando

10:11 PM ET

ORLANDO, Fla. — The NFL made a major change in 2017 by moving the Pro Bowl to Orlando, something commissioner Roger Goodell sees as very positive, though he isn’t ready to make the city the Pro Bowl’s permanent home. Orlando is under contract to host the event next year with a third-year option for 2019.

“We go one year at a time,” Goodell said to ESPN just prior to kickoff. “This is new for us, and we’re still not done. We have a few more hours to go. As I just said to the [Orlando] mayor [Buddy Dyer], ‘We’re really excited, the way the fans have reacted favorably and the community has really embraced it. This is a special night for us.”

The Pro Bowl format changed this year too, returning to the NFC-AFC matchup. It incorporated a new mantra: celebrating football at all levels in a weeklong event held at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports. It included the Punt, Pass and Kick National Championship, NFL Flag Championship, the

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