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NFL may move Pro Bowl to Arizona

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 4:55 p.m. HST, Feb 25, 2014

Amid reports that the NFL is said to be "strongly considering" Arizona as the site for the 2015 Pro Bowl, a league spokesman said "no decision" has yet been made.

Hawaii's Pro Bowl contract with the NFL ended with the Jan. 26, 2014 game and the league has said it might consider a rotation of the game among Hawaii and its Super Bowl sites.

The 2015 Super Bowl is scheduled for Glendale, Ariz.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported the NFL was "strongly considering" the Pro Bowl for Jan. 25, 2015, a week before the Feb 1, 2015 Super Bowl.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Star-Advertiser today, "We have not made any decisions and continue our review process." He said there was "no timetable" for a decision.

Aloha Stadium has hosted all but one Pro Bowl since 1980. In 2010 the league held the Pro Bowl in conjunction with the Super Bowl in South Florida.  

Meanwhile, it isn't immediate known how a 2015 Pro Bowl or Super Bowl might be impacted if Arizona adopts proposed legislation that would allow businesses to refuse service to gays based on religious beliefs.

McCarthy said, "Our policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard. We are following the issue in Arizona and will continue to do so should the bill be signed into law, but will decline further comment at this time."

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