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NFL owners to discuss Pro Bowl

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 02:35 p.m. HST, May 21, 2012

The future of the Pro Bowl could come into clearer focus beginning Tuesday when NFL owners meet in Atlanta.

A "wide range of issues is to be discussed, including the Pro Bowl," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to the Star-Advertiser.

It is a one-day meeting.

The annual all-star game was not on the agenda when the owners met in March in Palm Beach, Fla. and there has been no announcement whether a game will be played in 2013.

Hawaii has hosted the game  every year but once (2010) since 1980. Hawaii's contract with the NFL expired after the 2012 game. Retaining the game had been in doubt even before the players' performance came under fire in the Jan. 29th game, a 59-41 NFC victory  that drew loud and frequent boos.

Several reports have said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has considered suspending the game in 2013.  McCarthy said today, "we have not made any decisions yet."

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bullturd wrote:
Good riddance to the "Shibai" Bowl.
on May 21,2012 | 03:54PM
Manapua_Man wrote:
The plan all along was to set this game up for failure to use that as an excuse to move it out of Honolulu. It succeeded.
on May 21,2012 | 05:12PM
mcaloha808 wrote:
To all you people hating on the Pro Bowl, well that's all you have that's anywhere close to an NFL game. I live on the mainland now and I'm able to experience seeing my favorite NFL team in Oakland. Hawaii will never ever get an NFL team, so support/enjoy the Pro Bowl in other ways even if the game is not worth watching. I've been to the Pro Bowl almost every year since 1995. I'm in the military and have been stationed overseas, and I make every effort to come home to see the game. I enjoy the Pro Bowl week activities, getting up close with the players and cheerleaders. I hope the Pro Bowl stays in Hawaii.
on May 21,2012 | 05:20PM
blackmurano wrote:
I love watching National football games on television. But here in Hawaii the opportunity to see those players (top players) that you see on Sunday Mornings, or Monday night, here at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii would be very exciting. For me it's not really exciting. Mainly because the game has some restrictions. You can't blitz or block a punt, extra point or field gold. That's not how a football game is played. Moreso in last year's Pro-bowl game where the players did not take the game seriously. They didn't play the game with their football skill potential. The game was wasted and maybe should have been cancelled at half-time. Years ago in Hawaii, at about the same time a bowl game is played here, there were the College Allstars verses the NFL allstars. But each year it was always a blowout for the NFL stars. For "me", I'd rather see "Real NFL Football" on television here in Hawaii. As for bringing it back, sure why not. The game is sold out each year and if you want to watch that type of football I guess it's okay with you.
on May 21,2012 | 05:37PM
st1d wrote:
make the game meaningful by assigning the next super bowl to the conference that wins the pro bowl. that may encourage the owners to raise the winners' purse and make the game more exciting for the fans. players look forward to coming out to hawaii for pro bowl. fans enjoy the activities surrounding the pro bowl and the opportunities to meet the players. with no pro bowl, hawaii may have to petition for a regular season game to be played here, rather than japan or london.
on May 21,2012 | 11:42PM
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