NFL Pro Bowl | Watch on TV or Stream Online
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller tackled in the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl
Watch the NFL Pro Bowl live on TV or stream online with our guide on all the ways to watch the best of the NFC take on the best of the AFC. We detail the best options to watch the NFL Pro Bowl on your television (over the air, cable, satellite) or stream the game on your mobile phones or tablets comparing prices and free trial offers.
TV provider plans carrying the Pro Bowl (ABC & ESPN)
Watch NFL Pro Bowl Live on TV
The NFL Pro Bowl airs live nationwide on ESPN and simulcasts live nationwide on sister stations ABC and Disney XD. You can also watch the Pro Bowl live in Spanish on ESPN Deportes.
Watch the Pro Bowl over-the-air for free with a digital antenna hooked up to your television (if you live close enough to pick up the ABC signal) or watch the Pro Bowl through your cable or satellite TV provider on ESPN, Disney XD or on your local ABC channel. Cable provider options and monthly costs are provided in a table just above this section.
You can also subscribe to one of the many cord-cutting Internet TV options to watch the NFL Pro Bowl. AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now), Sling TV, Hulu Live TV and YouTube TV all have plans that include ESPN and all offer a free trial. Plus all those services except for Sling TV also include your local ABC channel.
So if you don't already have cable or are looking to make a switch, you can take advantage of their trial period to watch the Pro Bowl for free and test drive the service. You can also live stream these cord-cutting TV services to any smart TV, streaming box or gaming console that either carries their app or the ESPN app.
Live Stream NFL Pro Bowl with ESPN
If you subscribe to any cable service that includes ESPN you will able to stream the NFL Pro Bowl using either the WatchESPN live stream website or the ESPN app. The live stream works on any desktop or laptop computer and the ESPN app is available for most any Android or iOS mobile device and tablet. Plus many smart TVs, gaming consoles and streaming boxes offer an ESPN app. A link to the all the supported devices for the ESPN app is included just below.
Mobile Stream NFL Pro Bowl for Free
You can live stream the NFL Pro Bowl from either of these two apps for free, but access to the games only work on mobile phones or tablets and you won't be able to cast the game onto a television.
Listen to NFL Pro Bowl on the Radio
Our NFL Radio Guide provides all the services and plans available to live stream play-by-play audio coverage for the NFL Pro Bowl. SiriusXM, TuneIn Premium and NFL Game Pass all offer free trials. Westwood One will produce the radio broadcast for the Pro Bowl.
NFL Pro Bowl Format - NFC v AFC
The NFL Pro Bowl is the NFL's version of an all-star game. Every year after the NFL Playoffs and before the Super Bowl all the pro bowlers from the NFC face off against the pro bowlers from the AFC in an NFL game. The winning team typically gets paid more money for the victory. And the MVP of the Pro Bowl wins a big prize and bonus money as well; many a time the prize is a brand new vehicle from a sponsor of the game.
Pro Bowlers are voted on by coaches, NFL players themselves and the fans. The three voting groups are weighted equally and the votes are all tallied up to determine who everyone thought were the most elite players and coaches during the regular season, at every position. Voting typically begins a few weeks before the regular season ends and the results are announced just before the NFL Playoffs, though it can vary any given year. Voting takes place on the NFL's official website.
Players and coaches have the opportunity to turn down playing the Pro Bowl and many often do, especially if they are going to play in the Super Bowl. Given that alternate Pro Bowl selections are announced and those alternate players are considered Pro Bowlers on their resume going forward.
The rules of the actual Pro Bowl game can vary every year though like with most all-star games the officiating is a little more lax and the intensity of play is toned down a bit as to avoid unnecessary injuries. The NFL also experiments with the rules of play and might tinker with taking out plays in the game that are most prone to result in injuries like kickoff returns.