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NFL looking at moving Pro Bowl to mainland in 2015

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:54 p.m. HST, May 21, 2013

The Pro Bowl could move to a mainland city as early as 2015, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said today.

The Pro Bowl will be played in Hawaii at the end of this season in 2014, but the NFL has not made a commitment for the next game.

“There is interest and potential to bring it back to the mainland in multiple sites as early as the following year,” Goodell said at a news conference today after the NFL owners meeting in Boston.

Goodell also said the NFL may debut changes in the Pro Bowl format in the 2014 Hawaii game, in an effort to make the Pro Bowl more exciting.

 “One of the concepts discussed, as you may be aware of, is the idea that the players are selected as they are now, with the vote from players, coaches and fans, but the actual teams are actually drafted by captains,” Goodell said. “We think its exciting and has some fun attached to it and It’s something we may do this year.”

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iansuen wrote:
Obviously the solution is to give them more money at them in hopes of changing their minds.
on May 21,2013 | 12:59PM
FrankieT wrote:
Money shouldn't be the issue, the NFL will be making a big mistake if they don't play in Hawaii, Fans on the mainland would lose interest and what I mean by that, I believe they like to see the game for the views of the islands, etc. Also, not many people will attend if the game is played on the mainland. I believe it would be a big bust not coming to Hawaii. Yes, I agree the NFL probably wants more money.
on May 21,2013 | 01:19PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
It costs too much money to fly over here! Especially if you want to bring a family! and the cost of housing...
on May 21,2013 | 01:58PM
walaau808 wrote:
Too expensive for whom?
on May 21,2013 | 02:46PM
96706 wrote:
They SHOULD go ... people in Hawaii cannot afford the ever increasing cost of the tickets. But give the NFL more money to have the Pro Bowl here? Not THAT'S stupid ....
on May 21,2013 | 01:16PM
Skyler wrote:
Can't say as I blame them, with Gov. Abby being anti-ProBowl & all. If they played it AFTER the SuperBowl, I'd say fight for it.; otherwise, not too many will miss the glorified flag football game.
on May 21,2013 | 01:16PM
boshio wrote:
Abercrombie should go on his knees and beg them to stay. Stupid smurff.
on May 21,2013 | 05:23PM
LadyNinja wrote:
Then all involved who WANT the Pro Bowl to stay in Hawaii better get off the ..... and do something about it! Hurry, as 2015 will be here sooner than you think.
on May 21,2013 | 01:17PM
HawaiiBlogger wrote:
That is TOTAL B.S. !!!!!!! They players and their family love coming here...!!!!!! We love going to the game ....!!!
on May 21,2013 | 01:17PM
kainalu wrote:
The Pro Bowl was all but dead and buried before Hawaii rescued it. And that is true - the players LOVE coming here, and the fans have supported the game. Goodell is always touting the "fan experience". If it's about the fans, then the game is still a HUGE success here. Commandant Goodell is as phony as they come.
on May 21,2013 | 05:01PM
808comp wrote:
If more money is what they want,don't give it to them. Use the money to repair the UH.
on May 21,2013 | 01:28PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
on May 21,2013 | 01:59PM
BigIsandLava wrote:
When the NFL comes a calling, keep the Gov in the backroom and don't include him in any deal maker. He'll be the deal breaker instead.
on May 21,2013 | 01:28PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Nope, when the NFL comes calling just treat them like any other customer for the stadium. No more subsidies for billionaire owners of a billion dollar sports enterprise. Just go away already.
on May 21,2013 | 03:44PM
Kauai_Boy wrote:
We have far better things in Hawaii to attract tourists and money than a bunch of pro football players strutting around while playing a game that is less vigorous than some flag games I played in college. That is play-acting, not football, and the ridiculous attendance numbers reflect that. Watching the last Pro Bowl, I thought that the Hawaii Visitor Industry should have bought a commercial saying " Are you wondering where all the fans are? They're on the beach and in the surf, right where you could be if you'd booked a vacation in Hawaii!"
on May 21,2013 | 01:31PM
Hilofrank wrote:
Agreed. They should change it to a touch football game or flag football game, because it's more of a fantasy football game than anything else.
on May 21,2013 | 01:44PM
Incadove wrote:
Would save the NFL a ton of money.
on May 21,2013 | 01:32PM
Hilofrank wrote:
Of course they are. After all, our Governor was soooo supportive of it being here in Hawaii.
on May 21,2013 | 01:42PM
whs1966 wrote:
irt FrankieT: While it may be about the $$, other factors contribute to the decision: The two most important non-$$ factors are that Aloha Stadium is a dinky, shabby venue an that HST is an inconvenient time zone.
on May 21,2013 | 01:52PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
Everyone is getting fed up of the corruption and illegal activities and giving out of tickets to special people and exculding wives of officials and encoraging Geisha like activity. Football is a family -oriented American sport-- not for Asian style gambling and hanging around... It's whole inent is changed in Hawaii... I'm glad they are mving it.. there are other places that have views and feel more holidayish at holiday time.. I'm glad they are moving it. Hawaii needs more slaps in the face like this to get the local administrators to behave.
on May 21,2013 | 01:57PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Please come back Roger. Please come back. We''ll give you more money. How much do you want? Ten million, 20 million, forty billion, 3.41519 billion?
on May 21,2013 | 02:11PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
That's pi in the sky numbers.
on May 21,2013 | 02:30PM
Charliegrunt wrote:
One of my old instructors once taught me, "A wise man learns from the mistakes of others. A smart man learns from his own mistakes. A fool never learns." Obviously the NFL has a commissioner who is a fool and doesn't listen very well, and turned a success into a failure. Soon, there will be no Pro-Bowl. When the Pro-Bowl schedule was changed to take place before the Super Bowl, they no longer had the best players because many would be playing in the Super Bowl and could not afford to be injured. The pro-football players made it clear that they want the Pro-Bowl to be in Hawaii. They don't want to play again in a stadium that they had played in over and over. They looked at coming to Hawaii as a reward for them and their families. Somehow, Goodell seems to have a hearing or "head space and timing problem".
on May 21,2013 | 02:25PM
stardumb808 wrote:
To make it more exciting, they are going to let the captains pick their teams? Horrible idea.
on May 21,2013 | 02:43PM
walaau808 wrote:
Agreed. Will the captain picked teams play harder than they do under the current format? Doubt it!
on May 21,2013 | 02:48PM
dlum003 wrote:
Dont let the door hit in the #$% on the way out
on May 21,2013 | 02:50PM
frontman wrote:
Why not 2014?????? Save the taxpayers millions, except those in the loop to make money on a losing deal for the normal taxpayer
on May 21,2013 | 03:14PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Geez NFL, just leave already.
on May 21,2013 | 03:42PM
Yankee4Life wrote:
The Pro Bowl belongs in Hawaii. Players love coming here and it's a reward for them for being selected to play in it at Aloha Stadium. But if this is a ploy by the NFL to squeeze more money out of the state then don't let the door hit them on the way out. There are a lot better things for the state to spend its money on than giving it to the NFL because they don't need it. The NFL is making a mistake if they take the Pro Bowl out of Hawaii. And if they think the ratings will increase because the game is moved to the mainland they are going to find out the hard way that it won't be the case. Imagine one year if they had the Pro Bowl in Detroit instead of Hawaii for example. Who'd want to go to it? Who would want to play in it?
on May 21,2013 | 04:02PM
connie wrote:
Aloha NFL. Rainbow Warrior Football next.
on May 21,2013 | 05:06PM
Wazdat wrote:
Good luck with that. Coach Chow's offensive is NOT fun to watch
on May 21,2013 | 08:40PM
Tilac wrote:
Let it go!
on May 21,2013 | 06:22PM
tonosama wrote:
Geisha-like activities? Wha' da heck is dat? Please not to pay $4-5 million per year for non-entertainment and empty seats. Divert balance of donations by taxpayers to UH facility upkeep.
on May 21,2013 | 06:51PM
Wazdat wrote:
YUP, its WAY more expensive in Hawaii and Aloha Stadium is a RUST BUCKET and a JOKE for the NFL or any team for that matter.
on May 21,2013 | 08:38PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Pro Bowl leaves in 2015, only opens up other opportunities for Hawaii to shine.
on May 21,2013 | 08:50PM