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Hawaii to host 2013 Pro Bowl

By Ferd Lewis


With an apparent pledge from the players to make the Pro Bowl more competitive, the NFL said it is returning game to Hawaii for 2013.

It will be played Jan. 27 at Aloha Stadium, one week before the New Orleans Super Bowl, and shown on NBC.

"We are extremely pleased the NFL will return to the Hawaiian Islands in 2013 for the Pro Bowl, and are grateful for our more than 30 year partnership," said Hawaii Tourism Authority President Mike McCartney. "Many of us believe that there is no better place in the world to host this game."

The future of the annual all-star game had been in doubt after a lackluster effort by the players in the 2012 game at Aloha Stadium. In addition, comments by Gov. Neil Abercrombie questioining the worth of the game here had overshadowed the 2012 game. 

Today, Abercrombie said the return of the Pro Bowl is "wonderful news" for football fans.

"I have had discussions with the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the NFL to look at ways in which we can provide a renewed experience for the game next year for the players, visitors, people of Hawaii and fans the world over," Abvercrombie said. "Hawaii has a variety of cultural experiences to offer and we want to be sure to highlight our uniqueness beyond the beauty of our landscape."

The Pro Bowl has been held at Aloha Stadium every year except 2010 since 1980 and the 2012 game was the final one under the Hawaii Tourism Authority's deal with the NFL.

New Orleans had also been under consideration as a site for the game if it was to be held in 2013.

"The players have made it clear through the NFL Players Association that they would like the opportunity to continue to play the Pro Bowl in Hawaii," NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Ray Anderson said in a  release. "We will support the players on this initiative to improve the Pro Bowl. We have had many discussions with the players in recent years about the Pro Bowl and they recognize that the quality of the game has not been up to NFL standards. We look forward to working with the players toward the goal of improving the competitiveness of this season's game."

NFLPA President Domonique Foxworth said, "The players believe that the Pro Bowl is an important tradition. We worked hard with the league to make sure the best players in the NFL are honored for their achievements on the field."

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Publicbraddah wrote:
3 things are certain in life; death, taxes, and my not going to another Pro Bore!
on May 30,2012 | 09:24AM
loquaciousone wrote:
how about the rail going cost us buku bucks?
on May 30,2012 | 10:02AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
When was the last time u went to a Pro Bowl. Please keep in mind that when u r a resident of an area that includes an institution such as The Arizona Memorial, u will have an almostc100% chance that u will not need to satisfy your curiosity as to how the venue is like. In other words, why visit The Arizona Memorial on a certain day, unless maybe u have a real reason, such as having lost a loved one in that conflict. Similarly if for example Colt Brennan made The Pro Bowl, we all know Aloha Stadium will have a sellout before you could spell Ticonderoga correctly. Been nice, and c u later, dude.
on May 30,2012 | 03:07PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
Give us the runner ups to the Super Bowl. That'll be a REAL game we would be willing to pay big bucks to see.
on May 30,2012 | 03:54PM
8082062424 wrote:
Very good news
on May 30,2012 | 09:28AM
serious wrote:
Not my idea, but someone in a blog mentioned spicing up the Pro Bowl, like the MLB and NBA All Star games. Having a field goal contest for one, maybe passing accuracy, punters contest., cheerleaders contest, 40 yard dash for the defensive linemen!! Gotta do something. Winning league gets the coin toss for the next Super Bowl. Losing team gets zippo $$$$.
on May 30,2012 | 09:31AM
serious wrote:
For HI, I am happy, but once again--well, I am not sure how other fans feel, but for me when the 1/2 time show comes on, either the Pro game or the Super B, I go out for a cool one. I would like to see an old time football 1/2 time show. Marching bands, strutting band leaders. Some songs that I can understand--traditional stuff. Fighting Irish, Go Wisconsin, something to get the hair on the back of my head stand up---military marching music. The shows now I don't know the purpose and I really don't understand the words!! OK, I'm old!!!
on May 30,2012 | 10:12AM
great808 wrote:
I agree, Serious. The half time shows have been as boring as the game!
on May 30,2012 | 12:41PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
Good point! Halftime shows in the daylight lose the glamour that lights, lasers and fireworks can add. Smoke coming out of a paper mache volcano is really hard to sell on TV.
on May 30,2012 | 03:50PM
kk808 wrote:
True, but scheduling the game at night here will not be feasible for mainland viewers.
on May 31,2012 | 07:50AM
Descartes22 wrote:
Terrific news. While the game is merely an exhibition, it allows Hawai`i sports fans, which of course includes our children, to see up close all the players they watch on TV throughout the year. For those who grumble about the cost, not only is there an influx of outside spending, the showcasing our state's natural beauty to a captive audience is valued at a small fraction of comparable advertising expenditures.
on May 30,2012 | 09:42AM
kainalu wrote:
In a nutshell - mahalo.
on May 30,2012 | 03:28PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
This is good news. I could have sworn our governor was opposed to this...
on May 30,2012 | 09:48AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
No he gave up opposing it because he knows it will clear the path for Brian to become the next governor, and maybe even before 2014.
on May 30,2012 | 03:11PM
loquaciousone wrote:
How about a few words from our guvnor kneel abercrumby.
on May 30,2012 | 10:02AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
on May 30,2012 | 03:13PM
cojef wrote:
The lack-luster "Pro-Bowl" returning to Hawaii, just as though it was a gift. BAh! No other city would want a mediocre game, only Hawaii and the players, who want an all expense trip to the islands. That's not say we shouldn't accommodate them, after all is said and done, if drums up business, some merchants will make a few bucks. So why not, better second best sports extravaganza, than none at all.
on May 30,2012 | 10:28AM
Tanabe wrote:
Great news for Hawaii. Now hopefully the league can figure out a way to make it more interesting to watch.
on May 30,2012 | 10:34AM
budster wrote:
they should increase the winner's share and decrease the losers share.
on May 30,2012 | 10:43AM
bullturd wrote:
They should decrease the ticket price and the tax payers should not pay for them to play here at anymore.....
on May 30,2012 | 10:49AM
bullturd wrote:
on May 30,2012 | 10:47AM
souzaboy wrote:
They need to do it after the Superbowl like before so there will be more appeal to it being the last game of the season.
on May 30,2012 | 10:53AM
juscasting wrote:
Totally agree! Wot's a Probowl without the Superbowl Champs and losers!
on May 30,2012 | 01:26PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
Yep! But better than this would be for us to get the runner ups to the Super Bowl. It would be a hard hitting game that might be better than the Super Bowl some years.
on May 30,2012 | 03:52PM
thatsashame_0723 wrote:
I wonder how many sandwiches the Gov had to send to ensure the PBs visit for next year.
on May 30,2012 | 11:14AM
ya_think wrote:
Want to make a game out of it? It's easy winner take all.
on May 30,2012 | 11:36AM
theDman wrote:
If the game is going to die, and it seems like it is, it would be just as well that it went and died somewhere else. The players like the trip, but they could care less about the game. That makes this whole production non-sensical. I want Hawaii to be associated with successful ventures, not events that lack effort from its participants.
on May 30,2012 | 11:42AM
uchinunchu wrote:
If the Pro Bowlers are coming here again to play touch-football, I am not interested.
on May 30,2012 | 11:45AM
false wrote:
And what are these "improvements" going to be?
on May 30,2012 | 12:02PM
s96813 wrote:
I hope this pretend game of tackle football doesn't cost too much $$$.
on May 30,2012 | 01:33PM
primowarrior wrote:
I spend more time looking at the cheerleaders than I do the game. Bring in more cheerleaders, put 'em in skimpier outfits, and I will definitely be back for more.
on May 30,2012 | 01:34PM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
Well at least Abercrombie accomplished something with his 11 Billion dollar budget. Are there any Nobel Prizes left?
on May 30,2012 | 02:05PM
dlum003 wrote:
Whoopteefriggendoo. I don't know what's worse; the hoards of simple minded drunks in the stands, the pathetice play on the field, or the shameless sucking up by Hawaii's government figures and HTA. The whole pro bowl slobfest is one massive joke.
on May 30,2012 | 02:42PM
ghstar wrote:
First, no pro-bowl class player does it for the money. The most they can make is maybe 1/10 of what they are paid for each regular season game. So who is going to risk a career-ending injury for that? Take the pro bowl for what it is -- a meaningless, but fun, exhibition. Everybody bring their family to Hawaii, show off a little and have a good time. It ain't that serious folks. And, yes, why not liven it up with some running, passing, kicking etc competitions. Like the all-star exhibitions. Go for it. Also, don't forget these guys do a lot for charity
on May 30,2012 | 03:05PM
kainalu wrote:
Once the concept is grasped that the game is a "reward" for both, the players that have earned the status, and the NFL fan way out in the middle of the Pacific, then we can move on beyond the "integrity of the game". Otherwise, the event remains a ca$h cow for the NFL, big buck$ for nothing. Raising a concern of the "integrity of the game" is laughable to the business that is the NFL, a cry of "wolf". I say "wolf" because Commadant Goodell and the NFL have never seen ca$h they don't like. The Pro Bowl was all but dead and buried until Hawaii rescued it, and returned it to a viable investment for the NFL, and those in the know would advocate it's good for the Islands too.
on May 30,2012 | 03:27PM
nomakeshame wrote:
Just like the other all-star games, its an exhibition that other cities want for one weekend a year, because it brings in money. Think about it, who would want to go see the NHL all-star game in Detroit in February, but it happens because of the die-hard hockey fans and happens in the middle of their season, same for the NBA and MLB all star games, all in the middle of their seasons. Don't think for a second no other cities will want the Pro Bowl. If I remember correctly Orlando and New Orleans were lobbying quite hard to get those games and the so-called fans in Hawaii kept saying no, keep it in Hawaii, it means more to a city with no NFL team within 3,000 miles. Now, these same people want to get rid of it. Make up your mind folks.
on May 30,2012 | 04:06PM
Manapua_Man wrote:
Still doesn't make sense to me why hold the game 1 week before the Super Bowl. Seems like the purpose is to set the game up for failure.
on May 30,2012 | 07:18PM
2_centz wrote:
tourism is very important and one of the two drivers of our economy. next season, I suggest to the hotel industry that theysend the cheer leaders to cheer up da gov Neil in his office. So that we can have the suppa bowl held in Hawaii again the year afta that. why worry. Naturally Hawaii has to send the hula girls to the NFL offices in Hawaii when they in town in Janyary 2013 too show them the Aloha Spirt.
on May 30,2012 | 08:51PM
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