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Actor Thomas Ian Nicholas, left, and actress Alyson Hannigan, both from the "American Pie" movies, throw balls as they play in a dodgeball celebrity tournament to celebrate the DVD release of the movie "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" and benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004 in Hollywood, Calif. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

The NFL is hoping to spice up its Pro Bowl coverage with (wait for it...) dodgeball!

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The NFL Pro Bowl's TV ratings have been slipping for years. In 2017, the game will also feature a multi-day skills challenge that includes dodgeball.

The NFL announced the new plans on Monday. The new Pro Bowl Week will also include a "Power Relay Challenge," a "Precision Passing" challenge (hitting moving targets) and a "Best Hands" challenge (catching as many passes as possible in a limited time). 

The games will be produced by A.Smith & Co., the company that also produces American Ninja Warrior.

But let's be honest: We're all here for "Epic Pro Bowl Dodgeball."

The changes were pretty well-received.

Precedent in other leagues

Other leagues have long had skill challenges at their all-star games one way or another. The MLB has had a Home Run Derby since 1985. The NBA has had a dunking contest since 1984 and three-point shooting contest since 1986

The NHL has outdone them all in terms of sheer quantity, including challenges for the fastest skater, a "breakaway challenge,"  a precision shooting challenge, a hybrid skills challenge and relay, a fastest shot challenge and a shootout challenge.

Will you watch Pro Bowl dodgeball?

Of course, the fear of injuries that made the Pro Bowl a little boring still lingers.

But the dodgeball game might draw in some long-lost viewers.

Though perhaps another event will steal its thunder.

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