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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!


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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