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NFL may move Pro Bowl to Arizona

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 04:55 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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HanabataDays wrote:
If Brewer signs that misbegotten bill, don't expect the NFL to move anything to Arizona anytime soon. They've already said as much today.
on February 25,2014 | 01:24PM
lowtone123 wrote:
Not a surprise. Goodell has always preferred to have the Pro Bowl piggy back on the Super Bowl. The only reason the last Pro Bowl was held here was due to the Super Bowl being in cold NY/NJ.
on February 25,2014 | 01:36PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
How is that going to work if Michael Sam is a standout?
on February 25,2014 | 02:12PM
Anonymous wrote:
Taxpayers of Hawaii will save $1.4M out of the HTA budget if the Pro Bowl is held in Arizona. Why do we have to give the NON-PROFIT NFL and billionaire owners and the multi-millionaire players (average $4.1M salary) to play here? Our counties could use that money instead to repair our need roads and improving our public safety since they are shorted every year. We don't even give the Marathon that much and it generates far more revenue and visitors to Hawaii. Have fun in Arizona!
on February 25,2014 | 02:37PM
islandsun wrote:
Whatevers go then! Tired of hearing they want to move every year anyway.
on February 25,2014 | 02:50PM
hcsr wrote:
Good. If they don't put out a good effort or without participation of the best the mainland crowds have proven they will not tolerate a bogus game. Good luck convincing the top players to go to another NFL city to play a meaningless game at the end of a long season.
on February 25,2014 | 03:06PM
syhud wrote:
Good! Hawaii's Pro Bowl events leading to game day is getting boring. No imagination to try new ideas. I'm sure Glendale will come up with better events.
on February 25,2014 | 03:15PM
scooters wrote:
Let them move it! It's only a "non-contact" flag football event. No player wants to get hurt on a non-conference game.
on February 25,2014 | 03:58PM
TaiBow wrote:
No Big Loss - - - A year-end junket for the NFL Players and media, thinly disguised in a dull, meaningless game, with lots of self-aggrandizement going all around . Enough of Hawaii jock-sniffing already!
on February 25,2014 | 03:59PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Wonder how much Arizona is paying the NFL?
on February 25,2014 | 04:36PM
st1d wrote:
it would be interesting to see how many players show up for the game if it is in any of the nil stadiums. can't think of a more exotic location that players and their wives look forward to experiencing than arizona.

the pro bowl was an almost washed up exhibition with players not showing up and fans staying away in droves. it was the hawaii venue that brought the players and fans to the game.

on February 25,2014 | 04:41PM
RKC808 wrote:
ALOHA NFL. Take your game somewhere else.
on February 25,2014 | 04:49PM
localguy wrote:
Not so fast. Arizona governor is deciding to either approve or veto the state law allowing people to discriminate based on "religious reasons." NFL may pull the Super Bowl if the law is approved. Same for the pro bowl. NFL forgot how when they moved the pro bowl to Florida may players didn't go, didn't take their families. Why should they, been there, done that. Looks like the NFL just wants a bigger kickback. When is enough, enough?
on February 25,2014 | 05:40PM
paniolo wrote:
I bet the players wives won't be too happy going to Arizona.
on February 25,2014 | 05:50PM
ehowzit wrote:
on February 25,2014 | 06:05PM
aionokea43 wrote:
What goes around comes back to bite you. Our infamous Governor did not want the pro bowl here and he made a comment a few years ago. No more tax dollars to the State if it goes to Arizona.
on February 25,2014 | 07:30PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Neil has been the man who says NO: No to The Pro Bowl, No to The Halawa Market, No to Laniakea Improvements. Let's give Neil a NO in either this year's Primary or General, preferably the Primary !!!
on February 26,2014 | 02:57AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Lol Haleiwa not Halawa.
on February 26,2014 | 02:57AM
WalkoffBalk wrote:
Ok, bye.
on February 25,2014 | 07:39PM
dlum003 wrote:
Please, let me open the door for you ... OK now beat it and never come back, and take those two i diots Sanders and Rice with you.
on February 25,2014 | 09:55PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
We have to see how previous Pro Bowls worked and why has the last few years have been uninspiring. Then tweak the game so that it will become more likable like in the past. Sitting on anyone's laurels has gotten nothing done positively, including the thinking that the Pro Bowl has to be profitable for Hawaii. It can be a minor loss leader, to promote tourism. Maybe the HTA can offer the NFL more that we are required to pay to get The Pro Bowl. The HTA needs to be a lobbyist for our Pro Bowl. Despite not having the marquee players from the Super Bowl in the Pro Bowl, this game is still identifiable with Hawaii. Let's Go Neil !! Let's Go Neil !! Let's Go Neil !! (A take on Let's Go 'bows !)
on February 26,2014 | 02:54AM
Hank13 wrote:
The NFL should be paying us to let them be here. Don't let the door hit you as you leave. The NFL will come "begging" back if they don't discontinue the sad excuse for a real game.
on February 26,2014 | 04:51AM