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Pro Bowl to return to Hawaii next year

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 11:25 a.m. HST, Mar 20, 2013

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the return of the Pro Bowl to Hawaii for 2014.

"We are planning and we will play a game in Hawaii next year," Goodell said during a press conference today at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix.

The future of the game had been in doubt after a lackluster 2012 showing but the 2013 game at Aloha Stadium was praised by Goodell and NFL executives.

"We are grateful to the NFL for bringing the Pro Bowl back to Hawai‘i next year and we look forward to building upon our long-standing partnership well into the future," Hawaii Tourism Authority president and CEO Mike McCartney said in a statement.

Goodell said the game will be played the week before the Super Bowl.

NFL.com reported today Goodell said the site of the annual all-star game could change in future years but expected Hawaii to be part of whatever rotation emerges.

The game has been held in Aloha Stadium since 1980 except for the 2010 game.

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FrankieT wrote:
Good for the economy and the State of Hawaii, if the Pro Bowl is looked as an entertainment game then the game can be fun to watch. Again, good for the State and the economy
on March 20,2013 | 09:13AM
iansuen wrote:
For the money we pay to the NFL, I wonder if there is a better use for it.
on March 20,2013 | 09:16AM
1truehawaiian wrote:
Like what?? Put it in the hands of the politicians?
on March 20,2013 | 09:38AM
iansuen wrote:
But in the hands of people, especially small businesses.
on March 20,2013 | 09:52AM
foursun wrote:
if small business needs money from the government the owner should not be in business in the first place
on March 20,2013 | 08:15PM
iansuen wrote:
How about putting it in the hands of small businesses?
on March 20,2013 | 09:53AM
august8 wrote:
The game drives tourism, and tourist spend money when they're here in the islands. The money does get back to the state and everyone one way or another.
on March 20,2013 | 04:25PM
foursun wrote:
if small business needs money from the government the owner should not be in business in the first place
on March 20,2013 | 08:15PM
allie wrote:
good news but look for a mainland rotation after next year
on March 20,2013 | 09:46AM
cojef wrote:
Mainland fans do not care for the second-fiddle, Pro-bowl, "SUPER BOWL", yes. Thus Cities are not going shell out moneys for a game the fans care little about. That may be the only reason Hawaii is selected, because they are willing to pay the NFL.
on March 20,2013 | 10:53AM
iwanaknow wrote:
Ask for another NFL youth center like the one in Ewa (just smaller and cheaper?) and put it on an outer island?
on March 20,2013 | 12:41PM
zhawaii wrote:
The State of Hawaii should lobby the NFL for a regular season game as well. They are already playing regular season games overseas. I think you could get a sellout with the right two teams. At least we would get a game that is played the way it is supposed to be played and not this patty cake action the Pro Bowl offers.
on March 20,2013 | 01:03PM
dlum003 wrote:
on March 20,2013 | 02:42PM
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