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Old 12-30-2008, 01:06 AM   #1
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Default Pro Bowl Could be leaving Honolulu.

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Source: Pro Bowl moved to Miami before 2010 Super Bowl
Associated Press
Published: Monday, Dec. 29, 2008


MIAMI -- The Pro Bowl will be played one week before the Super Bowl in 2010 and both games will be staged in Dolphin Stadium, a person directly involved in the decision told The Associated Press on Monday.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the NFL has not announced the move.

It's not a new notion to have the game moved up to take place between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl. The NFL has discussed it multiple times in recent years, and commissioner Roger Goodell told the AP last month that having the game precede the Super Bowl would avoid a "somewhat anticlimactic" ending to the season.

The Pro Bowl has been held in Honolulu since 1980, and it's probable that the game will return to Hawaii after 2010, although not on the permanent basis as has been the case over the last three decades.

It won't be South Florida's first Pro Bowl: the 1975 game took place in Miami's Orange Bowl, during a period when the site rotated annually.

Barring a schedule change, next season's Pro Bowl will take place Jan. 31, 2010, with the Super Bowl that year on Feb. 7. The league's plan is for players on the AFC and NFC championship squads not to take part in the Pro Bowl.

Miami was awarded the 2010 Super Bowl three years ago, a record 10th time the game will come to the Dolphins' home city. The notion of adding the Pro Bowl to the lineup in South Florida was first discussed several months ago. It's not clear when the final decision was made to move the game.

Hawaii tourism officials have lobbied in recent months to extend the game's current contract, which expires after this season's Pro Bowl, pointing to the fact that it's been sold out every year since moving to Honolulu and generates about $30.5 million in visitor spending and tax revenues.

And earlier this year, Hawaii's state government released $11 million for lighting and roofing improvements at Aloha Stadium, part of ongoing upgrades designed to refurbish and modernize the aging stadium. State officials have also considered demolishing the facility and building a new stadium.
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Old 12-30-2008, 03:32 AM   #2
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Default Re: Pro Bowl Could be leaving Honolulu.

You know how to make the Pro Bowl less anti-climactic?

Eliminate fan voting and allow those who have actually earned it a spot and not on name only.
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Old 12-30-2008, 04:51 AM   #3
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You know how to make the Pro Bowl less anti-climactic?

Eliminate fan voting and allow those who have actually earned it a spot and not on name only.
No kidding! The Jets have 7 players going.
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Default Re: Pro Bowl Could be leaving Honolulu.

What is the incentive for the players to make the pro bowl now, there is no free vacation to Hawaii (sarcasm)
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pointing to the fact that it's been sold out every year since moving to Honolulu
i went to the "97" pro bowl .......the stadium looked half empty to me...
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Default Re: Pro Bowl Could be leaving Honolulu.

Why would any of the guys who are going to be in the Super Bowl play in the Pro-Bowl & risk getting injured right before the Super Bowl??? It would take (presumably) some of the top level guys out of the game..

Yes, it is kind of anticlimatic... but I see it sort of as a wind-down.

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It's anti-climatic...but when you calculate in the fact that the two SB teams will not have deserving players attend, it will be an even worse game.
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Default Re: Pro Bowl Could be leaving Honolulu.

i have the same point mel... if ur going to have the pro-bowl b4 the SB... y in hell would players that are on the teams playing in the SB play in the pro-bowl.. it's pointless..

and then they want it to happen in the same stadium as the SB... that will be a lot of mayham if that happens
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I figure it's primarily a marketing idea.

MLB and the NBA have entire weekends surrounding the event, which means more $$$.

It was my understanding that the NFL would like the game to be played at the same site as the SB. Now the NFL can make the Super Bowl an entire week long production.
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Dumb idea. The only reason the players are willing to show up is their wives/girlfriends want the trip to Hawaii.
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