Amid a report today that the NFL is moving the Pro Bowl to Orlando, Fla., the league maintains “no deal is done.”
Bloomberg News, citing multiple sources, said the game would leave Aloha Stadium, its home for most of the last four decades, for Orlando.
But NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser in an email, “No deal is done with any of the interested cities. Multiple cities have expressed interest in hosting the Pro Bowl, including Honolulu, Houston, Orlando and Sydney, Australia.”
McCarthy said, “We do not have a comment on discussions with any of these cities.”
The Hawaii Tourism Authority has a contract with the NFL for the 2017 game but either party may opt out of the deal by May 31.
With the exception of 2010 (South Florida) and 2015 (Glendale, Ariz.) the NFL all-star game has been played at Aloha Stadium since 1980.
The HTA paid the NFL $5.2 million for the 2016 game and was due to pay the same fee for 2017.
The HTA has said the game produces $26.2 million in economic impact for the state.