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The Paley Center for Media

PaleyIMPACT: Changing the Game: The NFL Pro Bowl Goes Virtual

Leading executives and personalities from the NFL, EA, ESPN, and Verizon gather on January 21, 2021, for PaleyIMPACT: Changing the Game: The NFL Pro Bowl Goes Virtual, moderated by MJ Acosta-Ruiz, to discuss the historical and groundbreaking intersection of pro football, TV, gaming/interactive entertainment, technology, and popular culture involved in the 2021 NFL Pro Bowl. Maureen Reidy, Paley Center President and CEO, offers opening comments. Panel topics include: ways in which the NFL responded to the COVID-19 pandemic; the significance of the Pro Bowl to the NFL community; Steve Young’s feelings on how participating in the Pro Bowl is a career-defining moment; what will be unique about Pro Bowl 2021; how Madden NFL 21 is being utilized in the Pro Bowl; Stephanie Druley’s enthusiasm for how the Pro Bowl personalizes its players; what the past season has been like from the players’ and coaches’ perspectives; reaction to players having used their platform in the last year to talk about social injustice and amplify marginalized voices; and the panelists’ favorite moments from the past season’s games. Participants: Stephanie Druley, EVP, Studio and Event Production, ESPN; John Nitti, Senior Vice President and Chief Media Officer, Verizon; Peter O’Reilly, EVP, Club Business and League Events, NFL; David Tinson, CMO, EA; Steve Young, Pro Football Hall of Famer and NFL Analyst, ESPN. Moderator: MJ Acosta-Ruiz, Host, NFL Total Access. Host: Maureen Reidy, President and CEO, The Paley Center for Media.

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