NFL decides to keep Pro Bowl in Hawaii for 2014

Changes could be coming to NFL all-star game

Published  8:53 AM HST Mar 20, 2013
NEW YORK -

The National Football League has decided to keep the Pro Bowl in Hawaii in 2014, according to NFL.com.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the Pro Bowl will continue in the island for at least another year and said some changes could be coming.

There is one concept that the team captain could choose the players on the team, like in a schoolyard.

Goodell used the example of Peyton Manning choosing a team and Eli Manning choosing another.

Goodell said that players had a "positive effort" in 2013 after the lackluster game in 2012.

Hawaii Tourism Authorities President and CEO Mike McCartney says this is great news for our island tourism economy.

"The Pro Bowl in Hawaii is more than just a game; it generates worldwide media exposure for the Hawaiian Islands, contributes significant tax revenue and expenditures through visitor spending, boosts activity and revenue for local businesses and offers an opportunity for residents to engage with players and experience a live professional football game," said McCartney.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie said, "We have kept in close contact with NFL officials, and I am very pleased that the Pro Bowl is returning to Hawaii in 2014.  Like thousands of fans, I thoroughly enjoyed the last Pro Bowl game held in January at our Aloha Stadium.  Opportunities to reach national and international audiences such as this will help maintain our state’s positive economic momentum, particularly in the visitor industry."

The Pro Bowl will continue to be played in the week before the Super Bowl.  Goodell said the site of future Pro Bowls could change, but Hawaii is expected to be a part of the rotation of sites.

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